In the search for new energy resources,
scientists have discovered ways to use the
Earth itself as a valuable source of power. Geothermal power plants use the Earth's natural
underground heat to provide clean, renewable
The geothermal energy industry has
expanded rapidly in recent years as interest
in renewable energy has grown. In 2011, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) counted
about 1,050 jobs in geothermal power generation.
And the Geothermal Energy Association
estimates that there were about 5,200 jobs
directly related to geothermal power production
and management in the United States in
Geothermal energy production is expected
to continue to grow, and with it the demand
for workers in associated occupations. In
2012, the geothermal industry was developing
130 geothermal projects in 15 states, according
to the association.
This article describes geothermal energy
and career opportunities in the industry,
focusing on geothermal projects that generate
electricity for power grids.
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