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Geothermal Energy Industry Workers

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Approximately 8,500 people are directly employed in the geothermal industry, according to the 2019 U.S. Energy Employment Report from the National Association of State Energy OfficialsCurrently, the majority of geothermal employment opportunities in the United States exist where most geothermal reservoirs are located—in the western states, especially in rural areas. About 94 percent of the current U.S. geothermal generating capacity was in California and Nevada in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Geothermal electric power generation also occurs in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Other states—such as Louisiana and Mississippiare expected to begin generating electric power via geothermal technology in the next several years. However, since magma is located everywhere under the earth’s surface, better technology and more powerful tools may enable geothermal-related projects to be found throughout the United States.

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