Explore New Solar Career Map

An Addition to Your Workforce Education Toolkit

The solar industry is adding jobs at a rate nearly 20-times faster than the overall economy,* offering an exciting range of opportunities for new and incumbent workers. And now there is an updated tool to help you find out more about this rapidly advancing and changing industry.


IREC's unique, newly enhanced Solar Career Map features the faces and information behind the expanding universe of solar-energy occupations. It describes diverse jobs across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifies the types of experience and credentials necessary to do them well. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative through the Solar Instructor Training Network.

A complimentary IREC webinar, November 5, 2:30-4pm ET, introduces the Solar Career Map for those who deliver clean energy training, are involved in workforce development, already work in the industry, or are interested in working in solar.

Designed to demonstrate the breadth of our industry and its critical occupations, as well as the necessity for integrated solar training in a variety of related fields, the Solar Career Map emerged from a simple vision: high-quality work and high-quality jobs are the key to building a robust, high-quality solar industry. After attending, you will understand how to:

* Access the Map's interactive features, including 40 jobs in 4 sectors and how they are related.
* Apply ideas about how you can leverage the map to make your work more effective.
* Use the map as a 'conversation starter' with internal and external audiences.

The IREC Team will answer your questions, submitted in advance or during the webinar, as time allows.

*2014 Solar Jobs Census, The Solar Foundation

About IREC
IREC is a nationally recognized thought leader, stakeholder coordinator, expert resource and facilitator of regulatory reform. Our work expands consumer access to clean energy; generates information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards; and leads national efforts to build a quality- trained clean energy workforce, including a unique credentialing program for training programs and instructors. IREC's programs and policies benefit consumers, policymakers, utilities and the clean energy industry.

IREC is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on the generosity of donors, sponsors and program funder support.

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