Green technologies spur jump in engineering staffing


Green technologies are helping to boost demand for engineers.
Green technologies are helping to boost demand for engineers.

The push to improve energy efficiency initiatives in the U.S. will have a substantial impact on the overall economy, fueling demand for engineers and other highly skilled workers.

The Obama Administration is increasingly working to promote energy efficiency campaigns throughout the U.S. The president has pushed for greater investment in sustainable energy technologies, and he has affirmed his support of an "all of the above" energy strategy, one that also relies on tougher fuel efficiency standards to help reduce overall demand for energy in the U.S.

Residential electricity consumption levels in the U.S. have surged since the end of World War II, although the Department of Energy forecasts levels to fall over the current decade, the result of improved energy efficiency technologies and an uptick in companies' adoption of such systems.

This push away from antiquated energy generation systems and toward more efficient ones is helping to boost engineering staffing, according to experts. Experts assert that the government's pledge to cut both greenhouse gas emissions and to help spur the development of the nation's green economy will result in the creation of thousands of engineering jobs over the coming decade.

Private companies are already working to help fuel the growth of the green economy. International conglomerates are helping spearhead the charge, with firms such as Siemens and Panasonic affirming their support for such energy efficiency initiatives. Siemens, which is based in Germany but employs thousands of people throughout the U.S., is one of the top producers of wind turbines and other industrial equipment.

Panasonic, moreover, recently announced that it would establish a new segment devoted to promoting and nurturing energy efficiency technologies. Panasonic's Eco Solutions North America division will help fuel innovation within the sector, officials said. What's more, backers noted the company will likely hire engineers and other skilled workers to help promote the fledgling division.

Panasonic Corporation is committed to becoming the leader in green innovation in the electronics industry by 2018, and the launch of this company will take us one step closer to achieving that goal," according to Panasonic Eco Solutions North America president Jim Doyle. "With a focus on the long term, Panasonic recognizes that saving, generating and storing energy are fundamental needs that require practical solutions both now and moving forward. Panasonic has a broad range of technologies from solar panels, to lighting controls, to high-capacity energy storage batteries to create solutions."

Aside from Panasonic and Siemens, a number of U.S.-based firms are also pursuing growth within the rapidly expanding green space. Startup companies are increasingly working to develop and implement new and efficient technologies, and public officials in states across the nation are increasingly supporting such initiatives, according to experts.

Such factors have helped drive demand for engineers and other skilled workers capable of improving upon standard sustainable energy models. With the U.S. continuing to push to improve overall energy efficiency, private companies are increasingly working to attract qualified workers.