The top two fastest-growing jobs in the next 10 years that do not require a college degree are in energy. That is what a Bureau of Labor Statistics report says. Those jobs are in new energy technologies – wind energy technicians and solar panel installers.

Finding a career niche without college is a big deal, says CNBC: “Over the past 10 years, college costs have increased by about 25%, according to a CNBC Make It analysis of data from The College Board. Student debt has skyrocketed alongside these rising costs; Americans currently owe more than $1.73 trillion dollars in student loans.”

What qualifies as “energy jobs” can be a misnomer. “Many computer-related occupations are expected to see elevated long-term demand, partly because of rising demand for telework computing infrastructure and IT security, says the BLS.” Utility companies tap into information technology, automation, and smart grids in a big way.

Interested in this kind of work? The best place to check is the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). Its Get Into Energy website has workforce resources, including an EnergyCareers2021 virtual conference about the workforce on October 20.

CEWD has a locator for schools with energy studies

Our economy is driven by the power industry. “The electric power industry directly provides nearly 2.7 million jobs in communities across the United States. This includes jobs that are held by employees of investor-owned electric companies, public power utilities, electric cooperatives, and independent power producers, as well as contractor and supply chain and investment jobs.”

The electric industry is well-established and changing as much, or more, than any other industry. It’s worth a look for a good career.