Texas Oil Workers Switching to Solar Industry
Eighty thousand oil employees found themselves out of work when the price of oil plummeted. In Texas, some former oil workers have adapted.
Once in power, always in power. But sometimes the type of power changes. Texas oil workers have been making the change to solar as a way to find work.
The Solar Foundation says Texas will add 900 solar jobs this year. Now that is a small percentage of those who got pink slipped by the oil industry, but a job is a job.
True, the job will pay about half of what oil workers could make, but still. Starting pay for solar is around $50,000 a year. Plus, it's less dangerous and stressful. A month on a rig, followed by a month off, could be a little taxing on ones mental state.
Compare the two and you decide which would be less stressful.