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Careers in renewable energy; solar, wind, green construction and green engineering

Posted: 10:00 AM, Mar 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-04 13:05:28Z
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Renewable energy careers are trending in the job market.

"It's a field that just cannot lose, there's no possible way around it," Dr. Philip Hofmeyer, an Associate Professor of Renewable Energy at SUNY Morrisville said. "We have a finite amount of resources and so going down the field of solar, wind or bio energy... all those are guaranteed jobs."

7 Eyewitness News highlighted a job in each of the following fields:

Solar: The sun will never stop shining and you'll always have a job
WNY Scientist invents new wind turbine
Green Construction: Think green when it comes to working in construction

New York State and Erie County are committed to a more sustainable community and future. Governor Andrew Cuomo's Green New Deal is the most ambitious legislation in the nation, pledging $1.5 billion dollars to the creation of clean energy projects.

"The more we can do to promote a green economy that allows companies to grow here we will continue to see a strong unemployment rate," Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said.

There are many different jobs positions to choose from-- office work to engineers, to manufacturers, to installers, to architects-- people at all levels of education and experience can join the green energy movement.