Green New Deal Hotspots – Wind

Green New Deal – Top States and Counties for a Career in Wind

In a previous blog, I provided a general overview of two of the fastest growing occupations in America, both of which are green occupations.

In this blog, I’ll break down the regional hotspots (in America) for the #2 fastest growing occupation, Wind Turbine Service Technicians (Wind Turbine Technicians). I’ll also show you where in the regional hotspots you can get training for this occupation.

Top 3 Industries for Wind Turbine Technicians

The following table shows the top 3 industries that employ the most Wind Turbine Service Technicians.

Industry Employment Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 2,320 0.60 $29.20 $60,740
Utility System Construction 790 0.15 $24.73 $51,440
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 730 0.36 $24.34 $50,630

Hotspots for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Top States for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

The following image shows the states with the most Wind Turbine Service Technicians and the highest concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians.

National Hotspots for Wind - States
National Hotspots for Wind – States

The following table provides some detailed statistics on these states. For the most part, the mean wage for Wind Turbine Service Technicians is considerably higher than the median wage for the state. If you are looking for a career as a Wind Turbine Service Technician, your standard of living should be relatively high.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Concentration (1 = average occupation concentration in state Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Median state wage
Texas 1,020 0.09 2.78 $28.17 $58,590 $17.39
Iowa 340 0.22 7.20 $29.96 $62,320 $17.27
Illinois 290 0.05 1.58 NA NA NA
North Dakota 210 0.50 16.36 $29.02 $60,360 $19.25
Minnesota 200 0.07 2.24 $27.87 $57,980 $19.84
Wyoming 90 0.33 10.82 $23.70 $49,290 $18.81
South Dakota 100 0.23 7.59 $29.42 $61,190 $15.55
West Virginia 40 0.06 1.89 $31.18 $64,860 $15.16
Colorado 100 0.04 1.29 $29.54 $61,450 $19.66

Top 9 Areas for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

The following details the counties with the most and the highest concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians. Note that the mean wage for Wind Turbine Service Technicians in some of these areas is considerably higher than the median wage. If you are looking for a career as a Wind Turbine Service Technician, your standard of living should be relatively high in these areas. These areas are:

  • Bakersfield, CA (metropolitan)
  • Duluth, MN-WI (metropolitan)
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (metropolitan)
  • Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (metropolitan)
  • Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN (metropolitan)
  • West Texas Region of Texas (nonmetropolitan)
  • Northeast Iowa (nonmetropolitan)
  • Northwest Iowa (nonmetropolitan)
  • Eastern and Southern Colorado (nonmetropolitan)
National Hotspots for Wind - Counties
National Hotspots for Wind – Counties

California

Hotspots for Wind - CA
Hotspots for Wind – CA

Bakersfield, CA

The Bakersfield area includes Kern County. This area has a concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians at about 13 times the national average. The Bakersfield area employs about 120 Wind Turbine Service Technicians at an hourly wage of $24.64 ($51,250 annually), compared to the median hourly wage for the area of $22.92.

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

The Vallejo-Fairfield area includes Solano County. This area has a concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians at about 11 times the national average. The Vallejo-Fairfield area employs about 40 Wind Turbine Service Technicians at an hourly wage of $27.42 ($57.400 annually), compared to the median hourly wage for the area of $22.92.

Minnesota Wisconsin

Hotspots for Wind - MN and WI
Hotspots for Wind – MN and WI

Duluth, MN-WI

The Duluth area includes the following counties:

  • Carlton County, MN
  • Douglas County, WI
  • Louis County, MN

This area has a concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians at about 22 times the national average. The Duluth area employs about 90 Wind Turbine Service Technicians at an hourly wage of $33.22 ($69,100 annually), compared to the median hourly wage for the area of $17.66.

Texas

Hotspots for Wind - TX
Hotspots for Wind – TX

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area includes the following counties:

  • Austin County
  • Brazoria County
  • Chambers County
  • Fort Bend County
  • Galveston County
  • Harris County
  • Liberty County
  • Montgomery County
  • Waller County

This area has a concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians at about 90% of the national average. The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area employs about 80 Wind Turbine Service Technicians at an hourly wage of $24.23 ($50,390 annually), compared to the median hourly wage for the area of $17.61.

West Texas Region of Texas

The West Texas Region of Texas area includes the following counties:

  • Andrews County
  • Bailey County
  • Baylor County
  • Borden County
  • Brewster County
  • Briscoe County
  • Castro County
  • Childress County
  • Cochran County
  • Collingsworth County
  • Cottle County
  • Crane County
  • Crockett County
  • Culberson County
  • Dallam County
  • Dawson County
  • Deaf Smith County
  • Dickens County
  • Donley County
  • Fisher County
  • Floyd County
  • Foard County
  • Gaines County
  • Garza County
  • Glasscock County
  • Gray County
  • Hale County
  • Hall County
  • Hansford County
  • Hardeman County
  • Hartley County
  • Haskell County
  • Hemphill County
  • Hockley County
  • Howard County
  • Hutchinson County
  • Jeff Davis County
  • Kent County
  • King County
  • Knox County
  • Lamb County
  • Lipscomb County
  • Loving County
  • Mitchell County
  • Moore County
  • Motley County
  • Nolan County
  • Ochiltree County
  • Parmer County
  • Pecos County
  • Presidio County
  • Reagan County
  • Reeves County
  • Roberts County
  • Scurry County
  • Shackelford County
  • Sherman County
  • Stonewall County
  • Swisher County
  • Terrell County
  • Terry County
  • Throckmorton County
  • Upton County
  • Ward County
  • Wheeler County
  • Wilbarger County
  • Winkler County
  • Yoakum County

This area has a concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians at about 47 times the national average. The West Texas Region of Texas area employs about 280 Wind Turbine Service Technicians at an hourly wage of $24.23 ($65,140 annually), compared to the median hourly wage for the area of $16.07.

Indiana

Hotspots for Wind - IN
Hotspots for Wind – IN

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

The Lafayette-West Lafayette area includes the following counties:

  • Benton County
  • Carroll County
  • Tippecanoe County

This area has a concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians at about 11 times the national average. The Lafayette-West Lafayette area employs about 30 Wind Turbine Service Technicians. Wage data for Wind Turbine Service Technicians in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area is not available.

Iowa

Hotspots for Wind - IA
Hotspots for Wind – IA

Northeast Iowa

The Northeast Iowa area includes the following counties:

  • Allamakee County
  • Buchanan County
  • Butler County
  • Cerro Gordo County
  • Chickasaw County
  • Clayton County
  • Delaware County
  • Fayette County
  • Floyd County
  • Franklin County
  • Hardin County
  • Howard County
  • Mitchell County
  • Winneshiek County
  • Worth County

This area has a concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians at about 36 times the national average. The Northeast Iowa area employs about 110 Wind Turbine Service Technicians at an hourly wage of $30.84 ($64,140 annually), compared to the median hourly wage for the area of $15.97.

Northwest Iowa

The Northwest Iowa area includes the following counties:

  • Buena Vista County
  • Calhoun County
  • Cherokee County
  • Clay County
  • Dickinson County
  • Emmet County
  • Hamilton County
  • Hancock County
  • Humboldt County
  • Ida County
  • Kossuth County
  • Lyon County
  • O’Brien County
  • Osceola County
  • Palo Alto County
  • Pocahontas County
  • Sac County
  • Sioux County
  • Webster County
  • Winnebago County
  • Wright County

This area has a concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians at about 24 times the national average. The Northwest Iowa area employs about 100 Wind Turbine Service Technicians at an hourly wage of $30.51 ($63.460 annually), compared to the median hourly wage for the area of $16.22.

Colorado

Hotspots for Wind - CO
Hotspots for Wind – CO

Eastern and Southern Colorado

The Eastern and Southern Colorado area includes the following counties:

  • Alamosa County
  • Baca County
  • Bent County
  • Cheyenne County
  • Conejos County
  • Costilla County
  • Crowley County
  • Custer County
  • Huerfano County
  • Kiowa County
  • Kit Carson County
  • Las Animas County
  • Lincoln County
  • Logan County
  • Mineral County
  • Morgan County
  • Otero County
  • Phillips County
  • Prowers County
  • Rio Grande County
  • Saguache County
  • Sedgwick County
  • Washington County
  • Yuma County

This area has a concentration of Wind Turbine Service Technicians at about 25 times the national average. The West Texas Region of Texas area employs about 50 Wind Turbine Service Technicians at an hourly wage of $31.23 ($64,950 annually), compared to the median hourly wage for the area of $15.11.

Training Providers for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

To become a Wind Turbine Service Technicians, you should pursue a program from an accredited university in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology. The following lists some of the universities that offer programs in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology.

Texas Training Providers for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

School Address City State Zip Phone
Vista College 6101 Montana Ave El Paso TX 79925-2021 915-779-8031
Grayson College 6101 Grayson Drive Denison TX 75020-8299 903-465-6030
Lamar Institute of Technology 855 E Lavaca Beaumont TX 77705 409-880-8321
Texarkana College 2500 N Robison Rd Texarkana TX 75599 903-823-3456

Iowa Training Providers for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

School Address City State Zip Phone
Marshalltown Community College 3700 S Center St Marshalltown IA 50158 641-752-7106
Iowa Central Community College One Triton Circle Fort Dodge IA 50501 515-576-7201-1148
Southwestern Community College 1501 West Townline Street Creston IA 50801 641-782-7081
Northeast Iowa Community College 1625 Hwy 150 Calmar IA 52132-0400 563-562-3263
Southeastern Community College 1500 West Agency Road West Burlington IA 52655-0180 319-752-2731
Eastern Iowa Community College District 306 W River Dr Davenport IA 52801-1221 563-336-3300
North Iowa Area Community College 500 College Dr Mason City IA 50401 641-423-1264

Minnesota Training Providers for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

School Address City State Zip Phone
Rainy River Community College 1501 Hwy 71 International Falls MN 56649 218-285-7722
Riverland Community College 1900 8th Ave NW Austin MN 55912-1473 507-433-0600
Saint Paul College 235 Marshall Ave Saint Paul MN 55102-9808 651-846-1600
Hennepin Technical College 9000 Brooklyn Blvd Brooklyn Park MN 55445 952-995-1300
Minnesota State Community and Technical College 1414 College Way Fergus Falls MN 56537-1000 218-736-1500
Hibbing Community College 1515 E 25th St Hibbing MN 55746 218-262-7200
Mesabi Range College 1001 Chestnut Street West Virginia MN 55792 218-741-3095
Central Lakes College-Brainerd 501 West College Drive Brainerd MN 56401-3900 218-855-8000
Minnesota State College Southeast 1250 Homer Rd Winona MN 55987 507-453-2700

Wisconsin Training Providers for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

School Address City State Zip Phone
Western Technical College 400 Seventh St. North La Crosse WI 54601 608-785-9200
Northcentral Technical College 1000 Campus Dr Wausau WI 54401-1899 715-675-3331
Chippewa Valley Technical College 620 W Clairemont Ave Eau Claire WI 54701-6162 715-833-6200
Milwaukee Area Technical College 700 W State St Milwaukee WI 53233-1443 414-297-6370
Mid-State Technical College 500 32nd St N Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494 715-422-5300
Nicolet Area Technical College 5364 College Drive Rhinelander WI 54501-0518 715-365-4410
Gateway Technical College 3520 30th Ave Kenosha WI 53144-1690 262-564-2200
Madison Area Technical College 1701 Wright Street Madison WI 53704-2599 608-246-6100
Moraine Park Technical College 235 N National Avenue Fond Du Lac WI 54936-1940 920-929-2483
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College 2740 W Mason St Green Bay WI 54307-9042 920-498-5400
Waukesha County Technical College 800 Main Street Pewaukee WI 53072-4601 262-691-5566
Fox Valley Technical College 1825 N Bluemound Dr Appleton WI 54912-2277 920-735-5600
Blackhawk Technical College 6004 South County Road G Janesville WI 53547-5009 608-758-6900
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College 1800 Bronson Blvd Fennimore WI 53809-9778 608-822-3262
Lakeshore Technical College 1290 North Avenue Cleveland WI 53015-1414 920-693-1000-1192
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College 505 Pine Ridge Drive Shell Lake WI 54871-8727 715-468-2815

California Training Providers for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

School Address City State Zip Phone
San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia 8344 W Mineral King Ave Visalia CA 93291-9283 559-734-9000

Indiana Training Providers for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

School Address City State Zip Phone
Ivy Tech Community College 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive Indianapolis IN 46208-5752 317-921-4800

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