The Solar Jobs Census is The Solar Foundation’s annual assessment of solar industry employment at the national, state, and local levels. It is the first and most authoritative national benchmark for solar jobs research, and serves a critical role in understanding the impact of solar energy development in the United States. Since 2010, annual updates to the Census have charted the dramatic growth in the U.S. solar workforce.
This year, we released the National Solar Jobs Census 2019, our tenth annual comprehensive study on the U.S. solar workforce. As of 2019, America has nearly 250,000 solar workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The National Solar Jobs Census uses a rigorous methodology to derive total solar employment figures for the United States, as well as detailed analysis on solar jobs by industry sector, solar workforce demographics, wages and hiring trends, and much more.
Solar Jobs Map
The interactive Solar Jobs Map provides solar jobs data by state, county, metro area, and federal and state congressional district. The map also allows you to explore solar jobs by industry sector, solar workforce demographics, and much more. Toggle by year from 2015-2018 to see how the solar workforce has changed over time. Local solar jobs data for 2019 is coming soon.
The Solar Foundation has produced many other groundbreaking reports through its solar jobs research. In 2014, The Solar Foundation and Operation Free released a joint report on veterans working in the American solar industry. The report, Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future, highlights the contributions of veterans to the solar industry, using data derived from the National Solar Jobs Census 2013. The first-of-its-kind report shows that veterans are employed within the solar industry at higher-than-average rates, and are expected to grow with the overall workforce.