Alternative Fuel & Advanced Transportation Technologies
Although there have been high-level assessments of jobs evolving from the development of the alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies, little has been done to understand specific workforce needs of employers and how post-secondary education responds. To explore further, the California Energy Commission commissioned a series of reports from the COE - incorporating surveys of fleet, dealership and automotive repair services employers, focus groups and expert interviews. More+
Healthcare Occupations in California
In partnership with the Health Workforce Initiative (HWI) and the California Hospital Association (CHA), the Centers of Excellence (COE) conducted a study of healthcare occupations in seven regions across California. The study included a survey of ambulatory care and nursing/residential care facilities, and an additional survey of hospitals within CHA membership. More+
Life Sciences & Biotech Middle Skills Workforce
This collaborative study confirms that six Middle Skills occupations are significant to the Life Sciences/Biotechnology sector, supporting more than 17,000 jobs currently and anticipating 4,700 job openings over the next five years. Community colleges prepare students for these jobs, but might need to expand capacity and better align programs to meet employer demands. More+
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Energy Efficiency Study
Providing Data Driven Information
In 2008, the Centers of Excellence launched a research project to study the workforce needs of energy efficiency businesses throughout California.
New! South Central Region
The South Central COE has completed an environmental scan of energy efficiency occupations showing that as many as 2,300 jobs will be added over the next three years.
Related document: A California Success Story - Sheet Metal Apprenticeship's Contribution to Energy Efficiency A report prepared by the Joint Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy (JCEEP).
Energy Efficiency Occupations: Orange County (pdf) The Orange County COE conducted a survey of firms who employ energy efficiency workers and found that as many as 3,130 new jobs could be added in the next three years.Orange County Region
Inland Empire Region
Energy Efficiency Occupations: Inland Empire (pdf) Based on a 2009 survey of Inland Empire firms as many as 3,030 new jobs will be added over the next three years in eight energy efficiency occupations.
Central Valley Region
Energy Efficiency Occupations: Central Valley Region (pdf) The Central Valley COE has completed an environmental scan of eight energy efficiency occupations, including combined employment data for Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties.
Energy Efficiency Occupations: San Diego-Imperial Region (pdf) The San Diego-Imperial Region COE conducted a study of eight energy efficiency occupations in San Diego and Imperial counties and found that employers could add as many as 2,600 new jobs regionally over the next three years.
Greater Sacramento Region Energy Efficiency Occupations: Greater Sacramento Region (pdf) The Northern California COE conducted a survey of Greater Sacramento Region firms who employ energy efficiency workers and found that as many as 3,530 new jobs could be added in the next three years.
Energy Efficiency Occupations: Bay Region (pdf)
In 2009, the San Francisco Bay and Greater Silicon Valley COE studied eight energy efficiency occupations that are most relevant to community colleges. Employers are projected to add as many as 13,000 new jobs over the next three years in this cluster of occupations.
These 4-page documents highlight some of the key findings from the statewide energy efficiency employer survey.
- Visit the Green Economy page for more information on the COE's continuing statewide effort to study the workforce needs of green industries and occupations.
- Download the statewide and regional Solar Study documents released in 2008 by the COE.
- Browse our entire inventory of reports, including regional studies of green building and water efficiency.
- Sign up for our bi-monthly COE e-Newsletter.