Today many people are going green. In addition to doing their part at home, they are also seeking green jobs, hoping to break into an exciting career field that offers unlimited potential.
Green Collar Jobs
Green jobs, also called green collar jobs, focus on using technology designed to preserve our natural resources, using sustainable, renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro and thermal. Green jobs also focus on using natural rather than toxic and non-recyclable materials to help reduce waste and pollution in areas such as food production, building construction, transportation and other areas that affect our daily lives.
Green jobs reach into just about every sector of the work force, from environmental to engineering to manufacturing to transportation to small mom and pop businesses, and part time jobs to career opportunities and large jobs such as to providing home repair and upgrade services. Green job opportunities exist in the following areas:
Green Career Areas
• Renewable energy sources – wind, solar, thermal and hydro – up and coming fields with job opportunities for designers, machinists, analysts, engineers, energy technicians, turbine and solar panel installers, roofers and construction managers. Similar opportunities exist in the other renewable energy areas as well, including operations engineers, lab technicians and testers.
• Organic farming – another rising field with career opportunities in green house development, organic farming, food production, arboriculture and horticulture.
• Green building – both existing and new homes and buildings are going green, using natural and eco-friendly materials in the upgrades and construction. Job opportunities exist in architecture, natural and sustainable building and construction, interior and exterior design, landscaping, heating, roofing, even eco-friendly furnishings.
• Specialists – green jobs exist for engineers in the electrical, thermal, geothermal, operations and environmental fields. There are also opportunities in mass transportation, infrastructure and smart grid. Jobs exist for hydrologists, geologists, climatologists, environmental advocates, educators, attorneys and lobbyists. Green jobs are available in areas such as research, urban planning, ecology, energy retrofits, hazardous waste removal, fuel and emissions, recycling, waste composting, domestic and industrial cleaning, conservation biology, atmospheric science, marketing and sales.
• Green companies – many companies and industries such as the automotive industry are making valiant efforts to go green and are hiring consultants, scientists, engineers and other specialists to assist with the transition.
There are many green job opportunities available from non-professional to professional. Hopefully, as more people, politicians, companies, industries and special interest groups join the effort to become more environmentally-friendly, green job opportunities will increase as well, benefiting both the economy and the environment.
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