Renewable Energy Jobs Outlook

The renewable energy job market is booming with no signs of slowing down. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the industry’s current hiring trends and future outlook.

Executive summary

The renewable energy job market is growing at lightning speed


Over the past decade, renewable energy jobs grew by nearly 88%, jumping from 7.3 million in 2012 to 13.7 million in 2022. This number could top 100 million by 2030. Factors such as government policies and job incentives are contributing to the growth.


Global investment in renewable energy soared this year, hitting $358 billion within the first six months. More than half of this investment went towards solar energy. This rise is expected to continue as the cost of fossil fuels increases.


China and Brazil currently account for the highest amount of renewable energy jobs. The US, India and the EU are not far behind. Jobs in the EU will continue to grow in order to meet the Green Deal goal of net zero by 2050.


The landscape of renewable energy changes often. Companies need innovative workers who can master new tools and skills quickly, and embrace challenges. A keen eye for areas of improvement is also desirable.


Technology is the key to scaling renewable energy. Skilled tech workers and tech-savvy sales personnel are therefore crucial to build and sell the energy management solutions of the future.


Nearly 70% of renewable energy jobs are held by men. As job opportunities open, the gender gap needs to be addressed and more effort must be taken to hire and train women, starting even at the university level.

Increasing investments in renewable energy will create more job opportunities

According to BloombergNEF, global investment in renewable energy soared to $358 billion within the first six months of 2023. This was a 22% increase compared to the start of the previous year. Thanks to solar energy’s growing popularity and cost competitiveness, this sector accounted for nearly two-thirds of these investments.

Investments in renewable energy are expected to keep growing as the industry continues to expand, making the cost for green energy more cost competitive and therefore more in demand from consumers. 

Renewable energy jobs around the globe

While many countries boast thousands or millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, this usually represents less than one percent of the country’s total population. Iceland and Norway, for example, both of which produce some of the largest amounts of renewable energy in the world, only have 0.5% and 0.3% of their population working in the industry.

However, some countries are able to employ a greater percentage. In 2021, just over 1% of Canada’s 38 million population worked in the clean energy sector. Under the country’s new 2030 climate plan, they plan to increase this number by 50%.

Tech workers are the linchpin to making the green transition happen

With renewable energy continuously growing, so is the need for energy tech. Governments and corporations are increasingly investing in clean energy, creating a high demand for skilled tech workers. This growth provides ample opportunities for career advancement, skill development and the chance to be at the forefront of cutting-edge technological advancements.

As more jobs are created, there must be an emphasis on a just transition

As the renewable energy sector continues to expand, more effort needs to be made in offering training to women and concerted efforts to hire them throughout all levels in the industry. In some countries, women may even be the key to pushing the energy transition forward. In the US, for example, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 21% of currently active electricians will reach retirement age in the next decade, while demand will rise by 7%. IRENA predicts this will result in more than 80,000 job vacancies. Encouraging women to take up a significant portion of these roles can fill a gap as well as open the pathway for greater diversity and innovation.

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