Some people just weren’t built for a desk job and want to be outside, tackling adventure, taking in views and possibly even seeing the world. Getting a job as a wind turbine technician would fit the bill with that desire as this career provides ample opportunity for travel, extreme heights and the job definitely is not inside an office.
Just getting an interest in a career isn’t enough though, you want to make sure you’re getting into a solid future, right? Wind turbine technicians service industrial sized wind turbines and their jobs are based on the build out of wind farms and the jobs that creates. So just how many jobs are there for wind turbine tech’s that are certified or have degrees? Is there enough work to get paid well and earn a good living repairing wind mills? Well it’s a good question to ask, that’s for sure.
What we wanted to do for you is to dive into the job trends of a wind turbine technician so that you can rest assured, this career is still taking off. We’ve sourced two of the most used job sites in the United States because they aggregate jobs from all kinds of sources. The two we’ll be referencing today is SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com.
The first job trend graph is for jobs using the keyword, “wind turbine technician” in the job posting and listed on the website SimplyHired.com. The trend of the graph starts in October 2010 and displays the ongoing trend of job listings in the wind tech niche. One great thing to note is that since October of 2010 to current set of data which is about April 2012 wind turbine tech jobs have increased by 166%.
The next job trend graph for windmill repair technicians is from the website Indeed.com. This graph doesn’t seem to have as new of data as it looks to only show data up to January 2012, however, the trend is still showing that job postings climb in an almost cyclical fashion every year for turbine technicians that are ready to get involved in repairing wind turbines on wind farms.
Now that you know a career traveling around wind farms or staying local on a wind farm and repairing those wind turbines looks like a pretty stable one, you need to investigate the next important thing. How much will you get paid, right? Besides getting great views you can get great pay being in the wind energy business. Deciding on where to work in the wind business can be tricky though when you look into salaries of wind turbine technicians because each state can pay different amounts.
The site we sourced above does a great job of describing how much you’ll make in each state in the United States if you get a job as a wind tech. Once you’re set on where you’re going to be working you do need to get either a wind turbine technician certification or a degree. Depending on the type of training and classes you take, it could take you 6 months to 2 years to get your full training. For a list of wind turbine technician schools you can visit that site we referenced, so far it seems to cover almost every available training program, certification or degree program in the US.
Getting a career in the wind energy business can be a job full of pride because it is also supporting America’s future of energy independence. There is a website & organization built that discusses the plan, layout and political support to help America replace 20% of electricity on the grid with wind power. The website 20 Percent Wind provides reports and scorecards on how the country is doing and supporting Obama’s clean energy initiatives. You can be apart of this transformation of America’s energy into renewable energy when you start working as a wind turbine technician, now it’s up to you!