The Wind Energy Workforce Gap in the United States

Suzanne Tegen, David Keyser

Research output: NRELPoster


There are more than 100,000 jobs in the U.S. wind industry today, and the second-fastest growing job in the United States in 2017 was wind technician. A vibrant wind industry needs workers, and students who graduate from wind energy education and training programs need jobs. The goal of this research is to better understand the needs of wind-related businesses, education and training requirements, and the make-up of current and future domestic workforces. Educators are developing and training future workers. Educational institutions need to know which courses to provide to connect students with potential employers and to justify their wind energy programs by being able to place graduates into well-paying jobs. In interviews with 250 wind energy firms and 50 educational institutions, many respondents reported difficulty hiring qualified candidates, while many educational institutions reported graduates not finding jobs in the wind industry. We refer to this mismatch as the 'workforce gap.' This conference poster explores this gap.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePresented at AWEA Windpower Conference and Exhibition, 7-10 May 2018, Chicago, Illinois

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5000-71457


  • wind energy education
  • wind energy training
  • wind energy workforce
  • wind industry jobs


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