s technology continues to evolve, new workers are being hired to fill open positions. One field that has seen a steady increase in employment is the smart grid industry, according to a study from Zpryme and SmartGridCareers.com.

The recently released Smart Grid Hiring Trends 2012 Survey found that the average number of workers hired went from 24.8 in 2010 to 25.7 the year after. It also found that firms with between 501 and 1,000 employees hired an average of 36.6 employees in 2011.

In a statement, SmartGridCareers.com chief marketing officer Heather Anusbigian said that the research conducted was likely to give valuable information to those looking to make hires in the near future.

"Representing 25 sectors in the Smart Grid, this data provides hiring managers with the insights they need to evaluate the competitiveness of their human capital game plan," said Anusbigian. "Identifying, recruiting and retaining qualified Smart Grid candidates is an arduous task. This detailed report offers directional data that can be leveraged to fine-tune the Smart Grid human resources road map."

Others in the sector have been touting its rapid expansion. In an interview with Fierce Smart Gird Echilon's vice president of business development Jeff Lund said that people with engineering backgrounds were some of the most sought after workers in the industry.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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