Project development specialists. Operations and logistics. Data analysts. Composite material manufacturing experts. Communications, law and marine biology. Professionals from all these sectors will be needed to help develop America’s offshore wind industry.
According to a new report from The American Jobs Report, Virginia is in a position to “expand its CFRP composites economy, increase in-state spending, and employ an average of over 5,000 Virginians annually over the next fifteen years.” The report drew its projections from national estimates on future demand by McKinsey & Company as well as industry benchmarks for employment and supply chain expenditures through IBIS World.
The American Jobs Project is a national, interdisciplinary research-based initiative. Its team includes more than 50 student researchers with a broad range of expertise, including law, business, engineering, and public policy. It has an ongoing relationships with hundreds of on-the-ground stakeholders and are actively collaborating with university partners and industry allies.
Virginia could see as many as 14,000 jobs in the offshore wind energy industry over the next 15 years, according to a report issued by a group called the American Jobs Project.