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Occupations connected to clean energy are projected to grow faster than the New York State economy. In fact, the NYS Department of Labor expects Western New York alone to generate more than 3,100 openings, each year, through 2024. Below are resources to help you understand the clean energy career outlook in NYS and beyond.

Chart displaying the Percent Employment in Clean Energy Subsectors as a Share of the Total Economy, WNY and US, 2017


Clean Energy Workforce Assessment for Western New York: Learn about clean energy occupations, needed skill sets and opportunities to grow the clean energy industry. Report prepared by the University at Buffalo Regional Institute and published by the University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness and Alfred State College:

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New York Clean Energy Industry ReportEach year since 2017, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) published a report documenting the NYS clean energy economy. Learn about clean energy technologies, explore NYSERDA’s workforce analysis, and read about research and development in NY’s clean energy sector:


2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report: Covers current and projected growth in employment for fuels; electric power generation; power transmission, distribution and storage; energy efficiency; and motor vehicles and component parts. Report published by the National Association of State Energy Officials in collaboration with the Energy Futures Initiative, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Career Maps: Explore job descriptions, training requirements, opportunities for career transitions, and routes to advancement with these interactive maps that show entry level to advanced positions related to different segments of the clean energy industry.

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