Relevant Trends, Opportunities,
Projections & Resources
Presented by the Association of Energy Engineers
Profile of Respondents
Policy & Trends
Salary & Experience Levels
Job Titles & Resources
Copyright AEE 2010
Survey of the Energy Industry
Green Jobs: Survey of the Energy Industry
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit professional society of over 12,500
members, issued a survey to its members to determine the need for Green Jobs, Energy Industry
Potential, Stimulus Results and Salary Data. The results represented are based on 1,534
responses and are outlined in this report. AEE was founded in 1977 and its mission is “to
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Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP®)
16. Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional in Training (CIAQT®)
17. Certified Testing, Adjusting Balancing Professional (CTAB®)
18. Certified Geo‐Exchange Designer (CGD®)
19. Certified Carbon Reduction Manager (CRM®)
Section One: Green Jobs
There is a growing demand for energy efficiency, green collar and renewable energy
professionals in light of the following trends:
1. Survey Results
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of the energy professionals who were surveyed plan to retire
in the next ten years.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of energy professionals indicate a heightened shortage of
qualified professionals in the energy efficiency and renewable energy fields in the next
Sixty-one percent (61%) of energy professionals indicate a need for national and state
training for "Green Jobs" to address job shortages that are impairing growth in green
industries, such as energy efficient buildings and construction, renewables, electric
power, smart grid, energy efficient vehicles and biofuels development.
AEE in its survey determined even though the stimulus funds have been made available to the
states, they have not been deployed within the states, as noted that 65% of respondents indicated
that the availability of federal stimulus funding has not yet created green jobs in their company
or government entity.
2. Green Job Growth Trends
According to the Center for American Progress (March 2010 report): By 2020, clean
energy will be one of the world’s biggest industries, totaling as much as $2.3 trillion.
According to the HSBC Global Research Report (September 2009): Global revenues
from climate-related businesses rose by 75% in 2008 to $530 billion, and climate-related
business revenue could exceed $2 trillion by 2020. Of the climate-related business
activities evaluated, energy efficiency recorded the highest return on investment at 30%.
Furthermore, the report estimated that energy efficiency will receive more than half
($184 billion, or 53%) of the $350 billion global green stimulus funds).
McKinsey reports (January 2008) that a $170 billion global investment in energy
efficiency would yield energy savings of up to $900 billion annually by 2020
A September 2008 analysis from the Center for American Progress reports that in the
U.S. alone, a $100 billion investment over two years in clean energy – with a strong
focus on building retrofits, mass transit, fuel-efficient transport and the smart grid –
would create 2 million new jobs
ACEEE recently reported that proposed federal energy efficiency jobs provisions would
create about 333,000 jobs in 2010 and 184,000 jobs in 2011
The UN estimated that the development of alternative, renewable and efficient energy
technologies, services and practices will create more than 20 million jobs around the
world by 2030 as governments adopt policies to reduce GHG emissions