What Type of Jobs Are Made Available by Offshore Wind?

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Last Update: March 30th, 2020

Offshore wind creates jobs in more disciplines that you might think. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has a career database that includes positions for engineers, technicians, accountants, educators, communications and marketing professionals, project and operations managers, and more.

A 2016 study by the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 80,000 offshore wind-related jobs could be created in the U.S. by 2030. By 2050, this projection is set to increase to 180,000.1

Additional estimates indicate that construction of an 8 GW wind farm off of the U.S. Northeast coast has the potential to create more than 16,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2028.2 These new local jobs will require talent from a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, construction, operations and maintenance.3

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[1] https://www.boem.gov/National-Offshore-Wind-Strategy

[2] https://www.northeastwindcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/US-job-creation-in-offshore-wind.pdf 

[3] https://www.northeastwindcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/US-job-creation-in-offshore-wind.pdf