A bunch of “scientists” and “grad students” singed a petition essentially begging for the gravy train of money to keep flowing to them despite Trump being elected.
Item #1 was: Make America a clean energy leader
And then they said:
“Wind technician” is the fastest growing job category in America, and the solar industry has hired more veterans than any other sector9.”
Shah, J. Clean Energy Jobs Are Exploding in America. Why Don’t Mainstream Reporters Know? Greentech Media (Sept. 2, 2016). [link]
The relevant section:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “wind technician” is the fastest-growing job category — expanding twice as much as the next-fastest growing job, occupational therapy assistant.
What did I find when I sent searching?
It was a projection to 2024. Not actual numbers.
And the numbers are pitifully small. An increase of 4800 jobs over the next 10 years. 1.3 jobs a day!
Occupation Therapy Assistants (which pay better) are projected to have a 14,100 increase.
There are 9 careers in that list that pay better than Wind Turbine Service Technicians and most will supposedly have way more jobs in 2024.
But its a projection. And we know how good climate scientists are at making projections!
The occupations with the most job growth (total jobs … not percentage):
Personal Care Aides 458,100 ,Registered Nurses 439,300 etc