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Green Jobs: Top 10 Green Jobs Predictions for 2013
YaShekia King / US Green Technology.com / July 15, 2013
The green jobs road is looking pretty saturated for 2013—for a variety of reasons. Whether you like to spend time in the sun or prefer crunching numbers behind a cubicle, you’d benefit from knowing what prospective job fields will look like in the new year—and what areas will be worth your time to invest in school-wise and job applying-wise. Here are the top 10 green jobs predictions for 2013.
1) Jobs related to green building are expected to skyrocket. This year, green building is expected to jump to between $98 billion and $106 billion—a huge jump from the estimated amount of $85 billion in 2012. A whopping 22 percent to 25 percent of residential homes this year should be green.
2) Solar jobs will become in even greater demand in 2013, with more homeowners and business owners opting to take advantage of free sunlight to generate electricity, thus saving on the wallet. In fact, the cost of solar transistors is projected to drop by 50 percent about every 1.5 years. Last year, solar energy increased in popularity by 86 percent.
3) Flow batteries are energizing the green jobs sector in 2013. These batteries are rechargeable fuel cells that enable an electric grid to store extra electrical power during off-peak hours. Engineers and manufacturers of these batteries should have pretty strong job prospects this year.
4) Wind energy jobs will continue to provide more and more employment for green job seekers. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy announced earlier in January that it would fund seven offshore wind projects. Wind energy makes up 2 percent of the world’s electricity right now, and the capacity is projected to keep doubling every two years.