If you’re looking for a promising career, and care about the environment, consider being a solar panel installer. As CNBC reports, the economy is projected to swell by 11.5 million jobs over the next decade—and a significant portion of this growth will come from the workers who assemble, install, and maintain solar panel systems on roofs and buildings.
According to new data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, America currently has around 11,300 solar panel installers. By 2026, that number will have increased to 23,200. The current median wage for installers is around $37,040, and it’s unclear if this figure will rise in the next couple years—but what we do know is that it won’t be hard to find work in the field.
If you’re not into the idea of working in the renewable energy sector (wind turbine tech positions are also expected to see 96 percent growth), consider being a home or personal care aide, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or physical therapist’s assistant. Together, these jobs will contribute about one-third of the economy’s job growth over the next 10 years, thanks in part to our aging population. Plus, the median salaries for some of these gigs, like nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant, are in the six figures.