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.