Cleaning up the environment is one of the many reasons a person may choose to get on the green career track. Careeronestop.org provides an outline of green careers that aim to reduce waste of resources and maintain healthy workers.
A green career can be any occupation that is affected by activities such as conserving energy, developing alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling. Listed below are high demand occupations that are expected to have national growth, the job duties aren’t changing but the occupation itself will probably grow due to increased demand for green goods and services. Be sure to contact you local Career One Stop center for more information.
Renewable Energy Generation. Includes careers related to developing and using energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. This sector also includes traditional, non-renewable sources of energy undergoing significant green technological changes (e.g., oil, coal, gas, and nuclear).
Transportation. Includes careers related to increasing efficiency and/or reducing environmental impact of various modes of transportation including trucking, mass transit, freight rail, and so forth.
Energy Efficiency. Includes careers related to increasing energy efficiency (broadly defined), making energy demand response more effective, constructing “smart grids,” and so forth.
Green Construction. Includes careers related to constructing new green buildings, retrofitting residential and commercial buildings, and installing other green construction technology.
Energy Trading. Includes careers related to buying and selling energy as an economic commodity, as well as carbon trading projects.
Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage. Includes careers related to capturing and storing energy and/or carbon emissions, as well as technologies related to power plants using the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technique.
Research, Design, and Consulting Services. This sector encompasses “indirect jobs” to the green economy which includes activities such as energy consulting or research and other related business services.
Environment Protection. Includes careers related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.
Agriculture and Forestry. Includes careers related to using natural pesticides, efficient land management or farming, and aquaculture.
Manufacturing. Includes careers related to industrial manufacturing of green technology as well as energy efficient manufacturing processes.
Recycling and Waste Reduction. Includes careers related to solid waste and wastewater management, treatment, and reduction, as well as processing recyclable materials.
Governmental and Regulatory Administration. Includes careers by public and private organizations associated with conservation and pollution prevention, regulation enforcement, and policy analysis and advocacy.