- The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that by the end of 2008, approximately 80,000 people in the United States were employed in the wind industry, up from 50,000 at the end of 2007.
- Wind turbine installations in 2008 were up 50% from the previous year, according to the AWEA report.
- By the end of 2008, the United States had pulled ahead of Germany to lead the world in terms of wind energy production and cumulative wind power generating capacity.
- The 2009 federal stimulus is providing federal funding to colleges and universities in various states to support the development of wind turbine technology.
- The U.S. Department of Energy has developed a Wind and Hydropower Technologies Committee, which is working to realize a goal of having 20% of the energy in the United States produced by wind by the year 2030.
As the U.S. continues to strive to be a world leader in wind energy production and utilization, there will be a continuing need for workers who are trained in installing, maintaining, and operating wind turbines. The current top five states in terms of installed wind capacity are Texas, Iowa, California, Minnesota, and Washington, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Community college students, particularly those living in states with the highest rates of wind turbine installation, may find that wind energy is the perfect solution to their search for a new career amidst the shifting winds of today’s job market.