Wind Energy Industry Workers

Wind energy industry workers perform a wide range of duties, from designing, building, repairing, and maintaining wind turbines and wind farms, to assessing and purchasing land for wind farms, protecting wildlife (especially birds) from the potentially harmful effects of wind turbines, and providing support services to scientific and technical workers. Approximately 80,700 people are employed in the wind energy industry, according to theĀ American Wind Energy Association.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Varies by Profession
Duties Design, build, repair, and maintain wind turbines and wind farms; provide support to workers who perform the aforementioned tasks
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country but are concentrated in the Midwest, Southwest, and Northeast regions of the U.S.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship; volunteering or part-time experience helpful
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Consultant
  • Experienced Wind Energy Industry Worker
  • Entry-Level Wind Energy Industry Worker

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