Energy Efficiency Careers
Making a Difference
Several key factors have influenced the growth in this sector including
 the new federal legislation that President Obama ...
This major commitment from the federal government will create
hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. and thousands of j...
For the purposes of this study, the
energy efficiency sector was defined as
those firms that:

Deliver energy efficiency s...
Industry Trends                            2008         3-year      Growth   Entry Level   Experienced Level
             ...
What are the occupations?

Although occupations like Resource Conservation/Energy
Efficiency Manager could be found in jus...
What are the educational requirements?

 Depending on the selected occupation, Certificate and Degree
 Programs are availa...
Conclusions and Recommendations #1


Employers in the Bay Area energy efficiency sector are
projected to increase employme...
Conclusions and Recommendations #2


                 Although thirteen of the 26 community
                 colleges in t...
Conclusions and Recommendations #3


Due to the existing college program
infrastructure in departments such as
Constructio...
Download the Full Report


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  1. 1. Energy Efficiency Careers Making a Difference
  2. 2. Several key factors have influenced the growth in this sector including the new federal legislation that President Obama signed into law (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009), which tops $30 billion in investments in energy efficiency.
  3. 3. This major commitment from the federal government will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. and thousands of jobs in the Bay Area. California has moved aggressively to establish a legislative and policy framework that puts energy efficiency center stage in the effort to meet the state’s increasing energy needs and fight global warming.
  4. 4. For the purposes of this study, the energy efficiency sector was defined as those firms that: Deliver energy efficiency services as their primary focus, or Are public or private utilities or agencies who hire energy efficiency workers, or Are large customers of energy utilities who hire energy efficiency workers
  5. 5. Industry Trends 2008 3-year Growth Entry Level Experienced Level Employment Projected Rate Median Median Annual San Francisco Bay Area Estimate Growth Annual Wage Wage (2008 – 2011) Energy Efficiency Occupations Project managers for construction or 10,630 2,850 27% $60,000 $90,000 design work Building performance or retrofitting 4,630 2,690 58% $50,000 $80,000 specialists HVAC mechanics, technicians or 5,250 1,630 31% $41,600 $72,800 installers Energy auditors or home energy raters 2,980 1,470 49% $42,000 $70,000 Resource conservation or energy 3,080 1,400 45% $52,000 $83,200 efficiency managers Building controls systems technician 2,790 1,160 42% $50,000 $80,000 Compliance analyst or energy regulation 2,000 1,190 59% $52,000 $76,500 specialists Building operators or building engineers 3,280 710 22% $50,000 $79,700 Total, All Occupations (totals may not 34,640 13,090 add due to rounding)
  6. 6. What are the occupations? Although occupations like Resource Conservation/Energy Efficiency Manager could be found in just about any large business, this study focused on the industries with the greatest concentration of energy efficiency occupational opportunities. The following three industries fit this criterion: 1 - Building or Facility Operations and Maintenance 2 - Building Design and Construction 3 - Public or Private Utilities or Agencies
  7. 7. What are the educational requirements? Depending on the selected occupation, Certificate and Degree Programs are available at these colleges: Cabrillo Chabot De Anza Diablo Valley Foothill Laney Los Medanos Merritt Napa Valley San Francisco San Jose San Mateo Santa Rosa
  8. 8. Conclusions and Recommendations #1 Employers in the Bay Area energy efficiency sector are projected to increase employment substantially over the next three years, creating thousands of jobs for each of the eight occupations studied. The survey results indicate that the majority of employers are having difficulty hiring qualified candidates in all eight energy efficiency occupations.
  9. 9. Conclusions and Recommendations #2 Although thirteen of the 26 community colleges in the Bay Area were identified as offering courses, certificates, or programs related to energy efficiency occupations, many are at, or over capacity, with current offerings. And, there is clearly room for course and program development that will not just introduce students to energy efficiency concepts, but will fully prepare them for employment in these occupations.
  10. 10. Conclusions and Recommendations #3 Due to the existing college program infrastructure in departments such as Construction, Environmental Controls Technology, and Environmental Technology, community colleges are well positioned to build a pipeline of skilled workers, create and expand industry partnerships and provide additional professional development opportunities for college faculty who will teach energy efficiency courses.
  11. 11. Download the Full Report Energy Efficiency Occupations: Bay Region www.coeccc.net

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