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Job Shortage Reported in Energy Industry

There's a job shortage in the energy industry, engineers say.Considering which career track to choose? Energy may be worth checking out.

The Association of Energy Engineers reported in late October that its members think there's a shortage of jobs in the energy field. According to a survey conducted by the nonprofit group, 67 percent of energy engineers say there are more open positions in energy than there are people to fill them.

In addition, more than a third of the people whom the AEE polled said they would retire in the next 10 years – so the industry's job shortage may only grow more acute.

With renewable-energy technologies coming into wider use in the country – between 2000 and 2008, the nation's clean-power capacity rose from 16.5 to 41.9 gigawatts – there will be a particularly large number of green energy jobs available in the future, AEE executive director Albert Thumann said.

"The need to develop a pool of qualified energy and green-collar professionals servicing the commercial, industrial and governmental marketplace has never been greater," he indicated.

For young people planning their careers, the AEE's report may be food for thought.

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