Global renewable energy sector jobs by technology 2018

This statistic displays the number of renewable energy jobs globally in 2018, based on renewable technology. During this year, there were about 1.16 million jobs in the wind power industry. In total, there were 10.98 million jobs in the renewable energy industry this year.

Number of renewable energy jobs worldwide in 2018, by technology

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Release date

June 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Includes an estimate by GOGLA of 372 000 jobs in off-grid solar PV in South Asia and in East, West, and Central Africa. South Asia accounts for 262 000 of these jobs. IRENA estimates Bangladesh’s solar PV employment at 135 000 jobs; most of the rest of the South Asian regional total is in India.
** Direct jobs only.
*** Power and heat applications. Traditional biomass is not included.
**** Power and heat applications. Includes 8,600 ground-based heat pumps for EU countries.

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