Building geothermal heating systems will boost the construction industry in the UK, and create much-needed construction jobs. In 2006 the US Department of Energy reported that building geothermal power plants creates 11 times the number of jobs as building natural gas power plants.
Range of jobs
By harnessing geothermal energy, governments can create an industry and, in turn, create jobs.
- Direct and indirect employment in areas such as construction, operation, maintenance and research.
- Long-term positions, due to long-term agreements between developers and purchasers.
- Higher-quality jobs.
- Opportunity for unemployed construction workers to up skill and find employment in district heating installation.
A 2010 report by the Geothermal Energy Association found that geothermal workers in the US earn more than the average wage. Professionals employed in the industry include everyone from electricians, plumbers and engineers to architects, designers, geologists, accountants and researchers.
Did you know?
The European renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors resulted in a total of 1.5 million jobs across the EU 2017.