Anyone looking for Seattle engineer jobs in the clean tech industry should be encouraged by a new report.
Clean Tech Job Trends 2010, a recent report from Clean Edge, pinpointed the top 15 metropolitan areas throughout the nation for clean tech jobs. The Seattle area was ranked just outside the top 10 list of cities with the most clean tech jobs.
The top 15 metro areas for clean tech jobs include:
- San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside
- New York City-Long Island-Northern New Jersey
- San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
- Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta
- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
So why look for a job in the clean tech industry? First of all, employment growth in the industry is only expected to get stronger in the coming years, according to the report. There are currently about 3 million clean tech jobs across America.
The energy industry seems to generate the most clean tech jobs, including renewable energy, energy storage, and smart grid development. That's followed by the transportation, water, and materials industries. Check out this engineering technician job description.
Second, anyone looking for clean tech jobs can expect to be paid well. Clean Edge and PayScale estimate that median salaries in the industry can range from $37,700 per year for solar energy systems installers to $91,500 per year for senior mechanical engineers for electric vehicles.