You hear a lot about "green jobs" these days, but actual specifics about them are hard to find. Politicians have promised to create more green jobs, but what exactly does that look like? Now with Earth Day rapidly approaching, you're hearing even more about them.
Well, here are some answers and explanations. Adecco Engineering & Technical, which is part of one of the world's largest staffing services, reports there's been a dramatic uptick in the number of available green jobs in the last five years, making the sector one that's not only good for the earth, but good for job opportunities as well.
"For a lot of our clients, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to separate 'green' jobs from mainstream jobs," notes Diana Fitting, Adecco Engineering & Technical senior vice president. "As more states and businesses turn to green power generation and sustainable practices, we anticipate that the need and demand for professionals with these skills will only continue to increase."
To be specific, Adecco has come up with a list of five of the hottest green jobs, compiled from the most in demand positions Adecco is currently seeing, as well as the business trends that their clients are currently staffing and forecasting for.
Top five green jobs
Solar Power Contractor: Whether for residential or commercial projects, more and more people are turning to solar, to power their homes and businesses. Many states like New Jersey and Florida offer rebates or incentives around choosing solar energy, making it not only a smart choice for the environment and the checkbook, but also for a career.
Wind Turbine Installer: With wind turbine farms in the Pacific Northwest and California accounting for an increasing portion of power generation, there will continue to be a demand for professionals with wind turbine experience. As the career and technology is still relatively new, the opportunity for growth and advancement in this field is strong.
LEED Certified Engineer: Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification is an internationally recognized method of implementing and constructing green buildings, homes and spaces. Since its inception in 1998, there are now more than 7,000 buildings internationally that carry the certification. As we move toward a larger global awareness around making our buildings more environmentally friendly, the demand for these professionals will only continue to increase.
Hybrid Vehicle Technician: In the last decade, the desire for Americans to own green cars has steadily increased, and as we face rising prices at the pump, more and more people will turn to hybrid vehicles. Jobs in this area can range from testing lithium batteries for cars, to the specialized assembly of the actual vehicles.
Environmental Protection Specialist: As the green movement grows larger, the demand for these professionals is expected to grow greatly. While many in this field work for the government, more and more businesses are bringing on specialists to work or consult on a variety of projects, which may often include construction and development.
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