Education and Workforce Development
The U.S. wind industry continues to grow and employ hardworking Americans throughout the country. The American wind energy industry currently supports approximately 88,000 jobs, including vital positions such as turbine technicians, researchers, scientists, engineers, trade workers, educators, transportation workers, and workers focused on business and sales.
Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry include more than 20,000 people in manufacturing. From steel to blade and gear manufacturers to producers of industrial fasteners designed specifically for wind turbines, many of these facilities are located in states that have been negatively impacted by the recent decline in comparable blue collar jobs.
WINDExchange offers resources for anyone wishing to learn about wind energy at any level. Learn about workforce development initiatives, including the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition; the Wind for Schools project; higher education and training programs; and wind energy curricula.
The Energy Department's interactive wind career map explores an expanding universe of wind energy occupations, describing diverse jobs across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifying the high-quality training necessary to do them well.
This report provides the first published investigation into the makeup of the wind energy workforce, the wind energy educational infrastructure, and the future training needs of the wind industry. Analyses in this report are based on the goal of producing 20% of the nation's power from wind energy by 2030.
Learn about jobs in various sectors of the wind industry, potential pathways for job growth, and training for vital wind energy industry professions such as engineers, technicians, trade workers, researchers, and scientists.
Find out more about the Collegiate Wind Competition, which challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students to tackle pressing wind technology and development challenges, providing them with real-world wind experience as they prepare to enter the workforce.
Read about the Wind for Schools project, which provides a hands-on wind energy experience to hundreds of students from K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. The project provides a way to introduce communities across the country to wind energy and prepares college students to serve as project consultants for small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools. The project also connects K-12 teachers to wind energy and gives K-12 students opportunities to engage in interactive and interschool wind energy research in the classroom.
Find wind turbines at K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and education centers using an interactive map that shows the locations of installed and planned wind energy projects at schools across the United States. These schools may incorporate a wind turbine in curricula or hands-on classroom activities, using it to teach lessons about energy production and technology and basic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.
WINDExchange maintains an interactive map of wind energy education and training programs at community colleges, universities, and other institutions for those interested in working in the wind industry.
Find a list of wind energy curricula and teaching materials for elementary, middle school, and high school students that bring wind energy into any classroom.
Find publications, news, and websites with information about schools and wind education.