New Clean Edge Report Reveals Major Trends in Global Clean-Tech Job Development and Growth

Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:55am EDT

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Includes Comprehensive Survey on Clean-Tech Salaries and Names Top 15 U.S. Metro
Areas for Clean-Tech Job Activity
PORTLAND, Ore. & OAKLAND, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
As the 'green jobs' trend evolves from political platform to economic reality,
the industry driving it - clean tech - is becoming one of the country`s key
markets for growth and job creation. In its first look at the state of
clean-tech jobs in the U.S. and globally, Clean Edge, Inc., a leading clean-tech
research and publishing firm, today releases Clean Tech Job Trends 2009. The
reportprovides an insightful and compelling investigation of how these jobs are
changing the face of industry, where the hotbeds of growth exist, and whether
current clean-tech salaries are living up to their 'green-over blue-collar'
promise. The free report can be downloaded at 

In the report, job seekers, employers, investors, and policymakers have access
to data including: clean-tech hot spots and leading companies in the U.S. and
around the globe; the top five clean-tech job sectors; a study of median
clean-tech compensation levels; five trends reshaping clean tech; and emerging
models for financing clean-tech growth. 

According to Clean Edge research, the top 15 metro areas in the U.S. for
clean-tech job activity, based on an analysis of job postings, investment and
patent activity, and other data, include the San Francisco Bay Area at #1,
Greater Boston/southern New Hampshire at #4; Denver/northern Colorado at #6;
Austin-San Marcos, Texas at #12; and Detroit-Ann Arbor, Michigan at #14.
(Complete results available in free downloadable report). 

"Unlike the early days of computers and IT, the clean-tech economy is a highly
dispersed phenomenon, with no single place, industry, or professional
demographic controlling the sector," said Ron Pernick, co-founder and managing
director of Clean Edge and co-author, The Clean Tech Revolution. "This is
apparent in the formerly shuttered manufacturing facilities, often in hard-hit
industrial areas, that are now opening their doors to make products like wind
turbines and electric vehicle batteries. Similarly, clean-tech deployment and
growth has become an economic cornerstone for nations looking to innovate and
compete in the 21st century - from the likely suspects of Japan, Germany, and
the U.S. to emerging powerhouses such as China, South Korea, and even oil-rich
Abu Dhabi." 

To bring clarity to this rapidly transforming employment landscape, the study
reveals five major trends reshaping clean-tech jobs:

* Energy Efficiency-The Most Bang For Your Buck 
* Aging Workforce, New Clean Technologies Transform Utility Industry Landscape 
* Coming to a Campus Near You: Clean-Tech Career Training 
* Clean-Tech Manufacturing Moves Near End-Use Markets 
* The Next Big Thing in IT Jobs: Networking the Grid

Clean Tech Job Trends 2009 also provides the first comprehensive look into
clean-tech compensation. The report overviews a range of positions and their
median pay levels worldwide, from mid-level LEED-certified architect ($58,700)
and smart grid hardware design engineer ($87,700) to entry-level wind turbine
technician ($52,600) and solar energy system installer ($40,000). The survey is
a coproduction of Clean Edge and PayScale (, the leading online
provider of employee compensation data. Founded in 2002, PayScale maintains the
world's largest database of individual compensation profiles and provides an
immediate and precise snapshot of current market salaries to employees and
employers. For those interested in taking the ongoing job survey or purchasing
more detailed clean-tech compensation reports, visit

In addition to the Clean-Tech Job Trends report, Clean Edge is also releasing a
companion report entitled Five Emerging U.S. Finance Models: Powering Clean-Tech
Economic Growth and Job Creation. Published in partnership with Green America
(, a leading green-economy organization, this report
articulates that government spending alone does not drive clean-tech markets. In
order for the U.S. to remain competitive with countries such as China and those
in the European Union, innovative finance vehicles are imperative. The report
examines new mechanisms such as Clean Energy Victory Bonds, the Green Bank, City
Funds, Federal Loan Guarantees, and Tax Credit Bonds. The report can be
downloaded at and 

"Clean-energy jobs are already growing faster than other sectors, but it is
forecasted that we are just at the beginning of the clean-tech job creation
era," says Clean Edge contributing editor Clint Wilder. "This is the greatest
opportunity for wealth, job creation, and global economic competitiveness in a
generation -- but we need vision, intelligence, and resources to guide our
course in expanding this sector." 

About Clean Tech Job Trends 2009

For nearly ten years, Clean Edge has issued its annual Clean Energy Trends
report series, and now with its Clean Tech Job Trends report, it provides
similarly influential intelligence on clean-tech jobs and employment. In
addition to the report, Clean Edge also produces Clean Edge Jobs
(, a leading online jobs board for clean-tech job
seekers, employers, and recruiters. Sponsors of Clean Tech Job Trends 2009 and
Clean Edge Jobs include Deloitte & Touche LLP, Formos, Hobbs & Towne, PayScale,
Akin Gump, and Antenna Group. Report partners include the American Council on
Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Green America. 

About Clean Edge

Clean Edge, Inc., founded in 2000, is the world's first research and publishing
firm devoted to the clean-tech sector. The company, via its publications,
events, and online services, helps companies, investors, and governments
understand and profit from clean technologies. Clean Edge, with offices in the
San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, offers unparalleled insight and
intelligence on emerging clean-tech trends, opportunities, and challenges. Among
its many activities, the company publishes the annual Clean Energy Trends and
Clean Tech Job Trends reports; produces the annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit
(along with IBF); maintains a number of benchmark clean-tech stock indexes with
NASDAQ OMX including CELS, QGRD, and QWND; and produces Clean Edge Jobs. To keep
abreast of the latest clean-tech news; access industry reports; learn more about
our services; or sign up for our free e-newsletters; visit or email us at

Clean Edge, Inc.
Ron Pernick, 503-493-8681
Antenna Group
Caroline Venza, 415-977-1939

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