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Smart Grid Jobs: Where to Find Them
May 24, 2009 - 10:08:50 AM

In This Toolkit

  • Smart Grid Jobs in the News
  • Follow the Money
  • Job Boards
  • Additional Resources


Smart Grid Jobs in the News


The Pew Charitable Trust Report: Clean Energy Economy

Pew provides a hard count across the 50 states of the actual jobs, companies and venture capital investments that supply the growing market demand for environmentally friendly jobs, products and services.

. 6 Jobs You Can Get From the Stimulus Plan

Green-collar jobs are on this list. “Even prior to the stimulus plan, the American Solar Energy Society forecasted that by 2030, the number of direct and indirect jobs related to renewable energy and energy efficiency was expected to reach nearly 40 million.”


Kema/GridWise Alliance Smart Grid Jobs Report

It is estimated that up to 280,000 new jobs can be created directly from the deployment of Smart Grid technologies. The report explains that Federal investment in a Smart Grid could act as a catalyst for these planned and immediate direct jobs as well as spawn many indirect jobs. 7 questions about green jobs

Points to research demonstrating green jobs are blue collar and white collar alike. But also notes that investing in a clean-energy economy will especially drive new demand for labor in the construction and manufacturing sectors—two areas of the economy hardest hit in the current recession.



Follow the Money

If you know who is getting the stimulus awards, you’ve got an idea of who may be hiring. Here are some ways to follow the money:

·         Onvia’s site has a free tracking program that allows you to find stimulus projects by state and county.

·         Department of Energy’s In Your State lists stimulus projects and related news by state.

·        SGN's 50 State Toolkits provide project details, state government contacts, local utilities and related information.


Job Boards

Designing and building a modern electrical grid will involve workers with a wide range of experiences – from laboratory scientists and researchers to skilled electricians and heavy equipment operators. The government itself—including the Department of Energy—is also hiring to meet the demands of the Recovery Act. These resources focus on key industries:


Energy/Green Sites


Green Energy Jobs

Jobs in the Solar Industry

Careers in Wind

Tree Hugger Job Board

Grist Jobs

Federal Department of Energy Jobs

Yahoo: Energy and Utilities Jobs

National Association of Energy Services Companies Job Site

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Energy Jobs Portal


Professional and Trade Sites


IEEE Job Site

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Career Center

AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Center for Green Jobs


Additional Resources In pictures, 5 steps to finding a stimulus job

McGraw Hill Construction Stimulus Special Section

Green Jobs Guidebook

Green Jobs: Survey of the Energy Industry

State one-stop employment and training sites

State Labor Market Information

State Energy Office Contacts

Directory of DOE National Laboratories and Technology Centers


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