On January 27, 2014, The Solar Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission "is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research that educates the public and transforms markets," released its fourth annual National Solar Jobs Census 2013. Their Census, which reports on the "current employment and projected growth in the United States solar industry," confirms that 142,698 Americans were employed by the U.S. solar industry as of November 2013.
In its Executive Summary, the Census reports that "research shows that solar industry employment has grown by an astonishing 53% - or nearly 50,000 new solar jobs - since [it] first started tracking them in 2010." A "solar worker" is defined as "an employee who spends at least 50% of work time supporting solar-related activities." The Census, Table 1 reflects the following data:
- Installation Sector:
- Manufacturing Sector:
- Sales and Distribution Sector:
- Project Development Sector:
- Other Sectors(solar workers at non-profits, government and academia):
The leading growth sector is "the installation sector, in which solar employment has grown by nearly 60% over the four-year period covered by the Census series, representing more than 25,000 jobs." It also reports that "Solar employment is expected to grow by 15.6% over the next year, representing the addition of approximately 22,240 new solar workers. Forty-five percent of all solar establishments expect to have added solar employees by November 2014."