Solar Jobs Grow in South Carolina

The Solar Foundation has released an updated, interactive map of solar jobs across America! This map includes jobs data by state, county, metro area, and federal and state congressional district. It also features in-depth information on solar jobs by industry sector and solar workforce demographics for each state. View the map now to find out about solar jobs where you live. You can also view 52 unique fact sheets on U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2018 is the ninth annual report on the size and scope of the American solar workforce. Based on a rigorous survey of solar employers, it is the most comprehensive analysis of solar labor market trends in the United States.

As of 2018, the National Solar Jobs Census found:

The United States has 242,343 solar workers, defined as those who spend 50% or more of their time on solar-related work.

Solar employment declined by nearly 8,000 jobs, or 3.2 percent, since 2017. Overall, the solar workforce has grown 159 percent since the first Census was released in 2010, adding nearly 150,000 jobs.

Solar jobs increased in 29 states in 2018, including many states with emerging solar markets. States with the highest employment gains include Florida, Illinois, Texas, and New York State.

With a backlog of utility-scale projects and new policy incentives in key states, the outlook for solar jobs is expected to improve in 2019. Survey respondents predict that solar jobs will increase 7 percent in 2019, bringing the total to 259,400 jobs.

The National Solar Jobs Census also includes:

A detailed analysis of the solar workforce by industry sector(installation and project development, manufacturing, wholesale trade and distribution, operations and maintenance, and other) — and by market segment (residential, non-residential, and utility-scale).

A demographic analysis of women, people of color, and veterans in the solar workforce.

The latest information on wages, hiring trends, education and experience requirements, and other workforce development resources.

For the first time, the 2018 Census includes jobs data for Puerto Rico, which has 1,997 solar workers. With Puerto Rico jobs included, the total number of U.S. solar jobs comes to 244,340.

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