ERIC Number: ED192123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Solar Energy Employment and Requirements, 1978-1985.
Levy, Girard W.; Field, Jennifer
Based on data collected from a mailed survey of 2800 employers engaged in solar energy activities, a study identified the characteristics of establishments engaged in solar work and the number and occupational distribution of persons working in solar energy activities in 1978, and projected solar labor requirements through 1983. The scope of the study included all types of solar energy technologies and applications (space heating and cooling, ocean thermal conversion, photovoltaic conversion, wind conversion and biomass conversion), and all phases of work (research and development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution, and installation and maintenance). The study also identified new job specialties in the solar area, and developed a methodology for projecting short- and mid-term future employment. A mail survey of 500 employees was also conducted to determine the work requirements of their jobs, their special skills, and their education and training. Detailed findings are presented along with five recommended activities for planning for future personnel needs in the solar industry. Appendixes include (1) survey questionnaires, screening form, and cover letter; (2) notes on response rate, establishment population, and nonresponse bias; (3) detailed tabulations; and (4) description of methodology used to formulate manpower projections. (KC)
Descriptors: Educational Background, Employees, Employment, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Industry, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Skilled Occupations, Skilled Workers, Solar Radiation
National Technical Information Service (NTIS), U.S. Dept. of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Rd., Springfield, VA 22161 (Paper, $9.25; microfiche, $4.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Office of Education, Business and Labor Affairs.; Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Office of Solar Applications.
Authoring Institution: Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH. Columbus Labs.