The green economy is growing in leaps and bounds, and companies will be hiring for well-paying jobs that were not around just a few years ago.
There are two categories of green jobs. According to the United States Department of Labor, some green jobs are directly involved in providing goods or services that help the environment or aid in the conservation of natural resources. Other green jobs can be positions in any field, but the duties of that job include making the business’ production process less harmful to the environment.
Here is a list of green jobs with bright outlooks.
This is not a fancy title for a garbage man; most of a recycling coordinator’s duties are performed from behind a desk. A recycling coordinator’s primary duty is to oversee recycling programs for local governments or private businesses. Aptitudes for understanding technical instructions and regulations, as well as strong communications skills are a must. A high school diploma or bachelor’s degree is helpful for gaining work in this field.
Environmental scientists use their training in the sciences to spot environmental dangers and to create solutions that will mitigate any harm caused by problems in the environment. A bachelor’s degree in any science is what is typically required for entry-level positions in this green job sector. Environmental scientists usually spend a lot of time in the field.
Weatherization Installer and Technician
For those with technical aptitude, this green job in the energy-efficiency sector can be an excellent fit. As a weatherization installer and technician, you may conduct energy evaluations using thermal imaging, in addition to repairing commons sites of energy loss such as faulty windows, poorly insulated ducts, and HVAC systems. A high school diploma and a weatherizing training course, such as one offered by a community college, are the typical requirements for getting started in this green job sector.
While a typical architect designs buildings, landscape architects design everything outside the front door. The sites that landscape architects can work on encompass residential areas, commercial areas, airports, hospitals, schools and more. A bachelor’s or master’s degree is typically required to get started as a landscape architect.
This is just a small collection of green jobs that are out there. The list of possible green collar jobs is nearly endless, from green fashion design to waste management to wildlife conservation.
The green job industry is expected to be one of the fastest growing career sectors in the near future, as more and more people are creating a demand for environmentally friendly products and services.
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