Wind turbine technician listed as fastest growing occupation
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for wind turbine technicians is expected to double in the next eight years. Recent information published in the Occupational Outlook Handbook , states the need for wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 108% by 2024.
Steve Schrock, career services manager at Northwest Renewable Energy Institute (NWREI), says “There are currently more jobs than we have graduates. The demand has never been higher. I have employers calling me every day looking for entry level technicians and telling me that their needs are going to increase dramatically over the next few years.”
NWREI is partnering with the wind energy industry to help meet the demand for trained wind turbine technicians. Schrock says “The simple fact is that employers are calling us because they love our graduates. We have long standing relationships with wind energy employers and they keep us up-to-date on the industry demands for training. Based on their input we constantly make adjustments to our training to stay ahead of industry requirements.”
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