Wind Turbine Technician Job Trends

June 27th, 2012 by admin

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 and

The first job trend graph is for jobs using the keyword, “wind turbine technician” in the job posting and listed on the website 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%.

Wind Turbine Technician Job Trends on SimplyHired

The next job trend graph for windmill repair technicians is from the website 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.

Wind Turbine Technician Job Trends On Indeed

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!

Article By Guest Author: Joel Mackey who also runs @ThinkGreenPower on Twitter.

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Weekly Education News Wrap-Up: Feb. 13th

February 13th, 2012 by admin

Obama proposes $8 billion for job training at community colleges
With community colleges across the nation buckling under the strain of shrinking budgets and increasing student applicants, the Obama administration has announced a proposed relief plan to the 2013 budget that would leverage $8 billion over three years to help shore up career programs and train 2 million people for the workforce. The money would especially help students acquire technical skills in fields like healthcare, advanced manufacturing, energy and information technology.

Sallie Mae updates forbearance policy after backlash
After a protest led by Stef Gray gained more than 75,000 outspoken supporters, student loan giant Sallie Mae has announced a compromise on their policy of charging a forbearance fee to unemployed borrowers. Instead of charging it immediately for every three-month delayed payment period, they will now “apply the good-faith payment” to the borrowers’ balances after they resume on-time payments. Gray has stated that she is “amazed” at making this much progress but still called the move “weak half-measures.”

Five things your high school student should know about careers
FOX News
Allison Cheston shares some of her research findings, including the fact that it is never too early for your child to start thinking about his or her career. Through a survey, she found that high schoolers who experimented early with job and career interests through things like internships or volunteering were more likely to be on a successful career path in their late 20s. She also had tips to share on interests and hobbies, mentors, networking, and gaining exposure.

Student loan debt putting lives on hold – ‘Nightmare’ could lead to next economic crisis
The Journal Times
With the president of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys predicting that student loans could very well be the next debt bomb for the U.S. economy, The Journal Times features the stories of several people, from 20-somethings to 50-somethings who tried to get an education to better their job prospects and ended up with terrible student loan debt and what they’re doing to make ends meet.

10 student loan terms explained
Main Street
Sometimes the best thing you can do is educate yourself about a situation, and in that vein, has 10 basic student loan terms you should understand before signing on the dotted line.

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Weekly Education News Wrap-Up: Feb. 6th

February 6th, 2012 by admin

As colleges obsess over rankings, students shrug
Yahoo! News
Justin Pope of the Associated Press points out that, while the ever-competitive best colleges lists from U.S. News & World Report are reportedly for the benefit of prospective students and their parents, it’s the colleges themselves that obsess over the rankings, oftentimes stooping to questionable and flat-out wrong practices in order to boost their spot.

Going to College – What a Concept
Contributer Brad Peters analyzes the higher education crisis from all angles, comparing it to the housing and dot-com bubbles that have collapses in recent years. Peters points out the value that the U.S. currently has in having such an established network of universities and colleges across the nation and how current practices and scandals are poised to ruin it.

Some colleges cut tuition, hasten graduation
Chicago Tribune
Some colleges didn’t need President Obama’s proposed plans to withhold financial aid from institutions that can’t cut or cap tuition in order to inspire them to make big changes. Schools like University of Charleston, Cabrini College and Midland University have already put drastic counter-measures into place, some managing to cut tuition by as much as 20%, others promising students will graduate in four years or the college will pick up the tab on additional studies.

College: Just a six-figure day care?
Los Angeles Times
After NYU professor Jonanthan Zimmerman’s op-ed piece questioned whether or not college students were learning provoked equally opinionated responses, the Times gathered a sampling of the comments that highlight the general consensus from readers: College is an expensive waste of time, in particular “fluffy” liberal arts majors.

Reining [sic] in College Tuition
New York Times
This op-ed piece throws its vote behind Obama’s proposed plans to tie federal aid to their ability to control tuition, despite negative reactions from the colleges themselves. The writers point out the particular benefit of the scoreboard that would be required where colleges would have to report actual costs, graduation rates and potential earnings for incoming students.

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Weekly Education News Wrap-Up: Jan. 30th

January 30th, 2012 by admin

Obama outlines incentive plan to reduce college tuition costs
Washington Post
At a speech in Ann Arbor, Michigan, President Obama announced a plan to reduce higher education costs by increasing available federal grant money and tying it directly to colleges’ ability to reduce tuition costs. In front of 4,000 on the University of Michigan campus, Obama claimed that “we should hold [colleges] accountable.”

Baby boomers plan their retirement careers
U.S. News & World Report
Retirement is looking a bit different for future generations. Seventy-two percent of baby boomers plan to keep working in some capacity after they retire according to a 2010 survey, and while some are doing so to ward off boredom, for others it will be a financial necessity.

Student loan interest rates to double this July
Huffington Post
In 2007, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act was passed to cut interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans, which make up almost half of federal education loans. This law is set to expire on July 1, 2012, which would double the interest rates back to a fixed 6.8 percent interest rate.

U.S. Youth Reluctant to Pursue STEM Careers, ASQ Survey Says
Although students in an ASQ survey claim that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers offer the best future job opportunities, 67% of them who are interested in those careers are concerned about potential obstacles standing in their way. These obstacles include their grades not being good enough, the cost and time to get a STEM degree being too high, and the amount of work and studying required for a STEM degree being too high.

Sallie Mae unemployment penalty leads college grads to join campaign in protest
Huffington Post
A campaign on urging financial loan company Sallie Mae to do away with its $50 forbearance fee charged to unemployed borrowers has gained the support of over 70,000 signees. The petition was launched by Stef Gray, who was charged with the fee when she had to delay payment after she graduated and was unable to find employment.

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Weekly Education News Wrap-Up: Jan. 23rd

January 23rd, 2012 by admin

2012 Top Online Education Program Rankings
For the first time ever, U.S. News & World Report has put together rankings of the top online education programs. Recognizing the growing importance of online degrees in today’s higher education landscape, they compiled a list of the best undergraduate and graduate online degree programs.

Ideas on saving higher education merit more study
San Francisco Chronicle
With the California system of colleges and universities one of the largest examples of the struggle of higher education institutions, the San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at the out-of-the-box ideas people are presenting as ways to save money and keep the system going.

7 ways to tackle the nation’s student debt crisis
CBS News
Lynn O’Shaughnessy outlines the recommendations of financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz, who recently posted a paper on ways to reduce student debt. They include allowing student debt to be discharged in bankruptcy and boosting the Pell Grant by almost 50%.

Kinder, gentler approach?
Inside Higher Ed
The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities is expected to announce former Wisconsin Representative Steve Gunderson as their new president this week. Paul Fain takes a look at Gunderson’s past experience and predicts a more cooperative future for APSCU under Gunderson’s leadership.

How job hopping can hurt your career
Dan Schawbel, managing partner of personal branding agency Millennial Branding, discusses the trend in younger generations to job hop and encourages a new way of thinking that places values on building a career within a company that gives you new skills and wider networks.

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Weekly Education News Wrap-Up: Jan. 16th

January 16th, 2012 by admin

Education professionals say students need more technology skills
U.S. News & World Report
In a sign of the times, Catherine Groux takes a look at academic professionals like education writer Audrey Watters and Dead of Business and IT Victoria Ratliff who are arguing that all college degree seekers need greater familiarity with technology before entering the workforce.

Student loans and bankruptcy – The debate continues
Peter J. Reilly’s follow-up to his column from a few weeks ago tackles the counter arguments against student loans being dischargeable and bankruptcy and why his position on the matter still stands.

Lightening the financial load
Moe Bedard highlights San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif., and a new initiative cropping up there that might help mitigate college costs. Namely, the Delta student bookstore is making expensive textbooks available to rent instead of buy.

Nelnet, ex-employee drop lawsuits
Lincoln Journal Star
Student finance company Nelnet and former employee Rudy Vigil filed a joint stipulation for dismissal last Tuesday, which was approved by a judge, essentially dismissing all claims from either party with prejudice. Nelnet sued Vigil in November for a 2007 lawsuit that they claim breached a settlement agreement. Vigil then countersued.

Student loans may be issue in president race
Bartholomew Sullivan makes the very likely prediction that student loans will be a point of contention in the presidential election this year, especially as student loan debt continues to grow and be a major cornerstone of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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The Heaviest Price Tags in Higher Education

January 10th, 2012 by admin


The cost of higher education is, obviously, a big topic and one that’s been appearing in the headlines quite often throughout 2011 and into 2012. Everything has become a topic – from the rise in tuition to the cost difference between different types of schools, from the competition between schools to the gross overpayment of coaches and athletic departments. It’s all fair game, and it’s all covered in the infographic above.

Of course, the things that aren’t covered in here are ways that the higher education industry is changing that will affect costs in the future. For example, how you can cut out worry about rising dorm room and dining hall expenses by looking into online colleges. Or how many people are now questioning the high-priced undergraduate educations of places like Sarah Lawrence College and Georgetown University in favor of more career-focused training that gets down in the dirt and prepares people for jobs.

The numbers on this education infographic are just plain excessive in many cases, and the only way off of this trajectory is to start challenging higher education’s old-fashioned norms and thinking of it in new and fresh ways.

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Weekly Education News Wrap-Up: Jan. 9th

January 9th, 2012 by admin

The career of the future doesn’t include a 20-year plan. It’s more like four.
Fast Company
The magazine profiles a handful of millennials and analyzes how career plans have changed since the ‘50s, ‘60s and’70s. With the average tenure at a job at only 4.4 years, the “company man” is long gone, replaced by flexible U.S. workers who jump jobs and fields and keep tacking on new skills.

Should I cash out my 401(k) to pay off my student loans?
CNN Money
Walecia Konrad fields an anonymous question from someone who is looking at student loan repayments of $628 a month and is wondering about cashing in their retirement funds from a previous job to wipe out the debt all at once. Konrad covers the dangers behind this plan and offers alternative solutions.

10 schools with least 2010 graduate debt
U.S. News & World Report
Taking the 1,009 institutions who submitted undergraduate student debt data, U.S. News made a list of the 10 schools who averaged the lowest debt upon graduation. Alice Lloyd College, which covers tuition for all full-time students who hail from the central Appalachian counties, tops the list, followed by Princeton University and College of the Ozarks, both of which also offer unique financial aid initiatives.

Columbia offers ‘Occupy 101’
New York Post
Dr. Hannah Appel, an activist in Occupy Wall Street and professor at Columbia University, will be teaching a new type of anthropology class this semester. Called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, social Movement,” students will get full course credit for fieldwork in the OWS movement. Appel claims that, despite her connection to OWS, she will be able to be an objective teacher.

John Backus: Ending the college crush
Washington Post
Venture capitalist and chairman of Northern Virginia Technology Council John Backus presents his bold ideas on how to break down the growing student loan crisis. He challenges people to consider requiring students to take more STEM classes, making colleges share in student loan defaults and more.

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Weekly Education News Wrap-Up: Jan. 2nd

January 2nd, 2012 by admin

education-news-headlines-ts71086696Happy 2012, everyone! We’ll have a whole piece tomorrow on the predictions of hot careers/majors for the new year.

Middle-aged borrowers piling on student debt
While education borrowing is up across the board, a new study by Reuters shows that the student debt burden is growing fastest for those in the 35 to 49 age group. While people aged 26 to 29 still carry the largest overall debt load, the study shows a 47 percent increase in middle-aged people’s student debt, primarily because a weak economy has pushed many into mid-career training programs.

Private loan borrowers need increased protections
U.S. News & World Report
The organization Equal Justice Works takes a stand on the confusion inherent in the student loan system, especially when it comes to private lenders, and calls for the return of borrower protections like the Fairness for Struggling Students Act of 2011 and the related Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2011.

Should student loans be dischargeable in bankruptcy?
Piling on to the previous story, Forbes makes its own statement on student loans in the form of an opinion column by Peter J. Reilly. Reilly takes a look at some of the questionable politics that helped create the mess that is our current student loan system and outlines details on the steps Congress can take now to right the current wrongs and give some modicum of power back to the borrowers.

How to land a new job in 2012
U.S. News & World Report
Ben Baden compiles the top tips from six experts in job hunting, careers and hiring to help readers in their search for a new position in the new year. Tips include positioning yourself as a thought leader, letting the job come to you and bringing questions to all of your interviews.

Grad school math: Which degrees are worth the debt
Daily Finance
As many flee the tough job market by heading to grad school, Bruce Watson breaks down the numbers and weighs the costs and benefits of graduate degrees. Some surprising losers of this equation include a number of engineering degrees – like petroleum and computer engineering – and pharmaceutical sciences. Winners of the debt-to-grad-prospect ratio include social sciences and many hard sciences like biology and chemistry.

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Best Education Sites and Schools That Rule the Web

December 27th, 2011 by admin

Schools That Rule the Web
Created by: Best Education Sites

How close is the correlation between a good education and a strong online presence? Pretty darn close.

The above infographic from Best Education Sites cites recent studies that show that increased engagement between educators and students via email and social media has a positive impact on learning and that a college’s web presence is often an indicator of the institution’s overall quality.

Statistics show that the percentage of college students who regularly use the Internet is a whopping 99 percent, compared to the 75 percent of adults nationwide. Out of this 99 percent, almost all use wireless Internet or home broadband access. Because of the high percentage of college student web users, many top-ranked schools prioritize the web and social media and have been for years now. For example, Harvard University ranks number one among Ivy League schools in Facebook likes, YouTube channel views, Twitter followers, and the Alexa Rank — a browser add-on that tracks Internet surfing and usage.

Best Education Sites also reports that all of the top 50 schools featured on U.S. News & World Report are also featured in Best Education Sites Top 400. They analyzed all aspects of university websites, from the colors that dominate (gray is the most popular, followed by black and yellow) to the fonts that are used (modern, sans-serif typesets like Arial, Helvetica and Verdana lead the pack) to which of the top engineering schools has the most web coding errors (California Institute of Technology with 51 errors).

There’s a lot of interesting information in this infographic, but more than that, we’re interested to see how it changes in the coming years as more and more colleges pay attention to their Internet presence and boost their engagement.

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