Green Jobs Market in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Solar, wind, renewable and clean energy, green building. While other industries suffer, green job opportunities are on the rise in Charlotte.
Mecklenburg County is a hub for renewable energy and energy efficiency but lags behind Wake. Buncombe county ranks third. Tom Kepper of Greenfield Power believes Charlotte's manufacturing, educational and financial resources make it the clear leader in this growing field.
"Charlotte really has the opportunity to try to put all the pieces together and really be the leader in this space," says Kepper.
Those who work in or teach in the energy industry say the green jobs umbrella is bigger than it seems.
"Most of the quote green energy jobs are really centered in the basic skill sets that we've always had: the electrical skill sets, the mechanical skill sets, then engineering skill sets," says Jay Potter of Central Piedmont Community College.
There's some non-technical opportunities for salespeople, administrative staff, and those with a finance background.
CPCC will host an informational event next week targeting people in career transition with or without energy-related experience.
"The good firms really are willing to bring people in albeit from a military background a banking background whatever the case may be," says Kepper.
"If you've got some experience you can sometimes come in with a semester or two worth of training to be able to allow you to take advantage of the new skills," adds Potter.
Skills that will be needed as baby boomers retire and new green jobs are created.