Ricardo DeAratanha, Los Angeles Times
"Students Shelby Youngo, 18, of California City, LT, and Shane Culleton, 29, of Rosamond, photographing a Vestas V90 - 3 MW turbine during a field trip to Oak Creek Energy wind farm."
As environmental concern grows, so does the number of jobs
, related to biofuels, wind and solar energy.
¿Florida Power light is a good example,¿ said Jay Matteson, director of the Institute for energy and environmental sustainability at Palm Beach College. ¿They are one of the leaders in corporate sustainability.¿
Environmental engineering jobs are expected to increase 17 percent in Broward and Palm Beach counties by the year 2018, according to the Florida workforce agency.
The average salary in Broward and Palm Beach counties is $63,000 - according to the workforce agency.
Nationwide, environmental engineering jobs are expected to increase 31 percent over the next decade, ¿much faster than the average for all occupations,¿ according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
A year-long certificate program in alternative energy engineering is available at Palm Beach College costs approximately $1,700. An associate in science in Electrical Power Technology is also available.