With the economy in a slump and many parts of the country with unemployment around 10-percent or more, the wind turbine industry needs employees. And, if you live near Concordia, Kansas you can get training at Cloud County Community College.
Wind turbine technicians can expect to make $18 per hour and up to start. They also need to have some mechanical abilities, computer knowledge and the desire to climb 27-story structures throughout the day.
In 2007, 3,188 wind turbines were erected in the U. S. with many more expected this year if the credit crunch lifts and construction can continue. Over the next 10 years, the wind turbine industry may account for as many as 500,000 new jobs including manufacturing and construction.
For those who are not afraid of heights and want to retool their careers (or just begin their careers) then wind energy jobs are likely to be a growth industry for many years to come.