Top Five Green Jobs Most In Demand

Green Jobs Happy Earth Day! As attention focuses on maintaining the earth and cleaning up the environment, some people are gearing their job searches in those directions as well. It seems there's plenty of opportunity, if you have the right qualifications. In fact, Adecco Engineering & Technical, which focuses on finding jobs for those in the technical, engineering, and green fields, has seen 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 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."

Adecco Engineering & Technical put together a list of the hottest green jobs, reflecting the most in demand positions Adecco is currently seeing, as well as the business trends that their clients are currently staffing up 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 for 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 all 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 towards 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 themselves.

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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Patricia,,,,,

Those green jobs seem to geared toward men....soooo doesn't help me

April 25 2011 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
OverTheHillsBill

This is a joke, with this solar and wind at 1% of the energy used in this country, go figure. This is just one more of thousands of news articles meant to steer your mind into beleiving in this green nonsense.

Why no mention of all the Right Now Green jobs? Like - Garbage Truck Driver, Aluminum Can Sorter, Landfill heavy equipment operator, Landfill Booth Operations Cashier, Waste Water Seperation Technician, now there is a real Green Job, (or is that more of a Brown Job?) Hows about all the drivers of those trucks hauling the flattened Junk Cars off. That's a green job that is right now. Not a single solar panel needed for any of these Green Jobs.

Maybe we should look more into the future, new green jobs we never realized there would be. Like Dead Bird Collector to take care of all the Windmill Kill. We already have Road Kill Removal Technicians in Texas hauling off all the dead Armadillos. That is also a Green Job that dosen't get it's fair do.
This could give a boost to the Legal Industry, when all the lawsuits start pouring in from angry citizens over the money they wasted when their multi thousand dollar Solar Panels wont even power their Big Screen TVs, much less charge their Electric Car Batteries.

I Just can't wait to vote this madness out next election.

April 25 2011 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ddan8719

Did happen to gey a close view of a windmill in operation..Seemed to have a very annoying low pitch whine of some sort ..what gives..this alone could drive you to the brink of insanity after a while..probably just this particular windmill.but very annoying..

April 24 2011 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Earth

But when electric poles and phone lines were first introduced nobody wanted to accept it because of the disturbance aesthetically placed on the landscape. But, we very quickly adapted to these "nuisances" surrounding us. Now, it is to the point where we don't even notice them at all. They are just part of the background area in which we travel through daily...

August 31 2011 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt5074

Whats up

April 24 2011 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rossandsheila

I hate to tell you, but there are not many job openings in the 5 job descriptions given in this article.The so called green jobs are at least 10 years away.Have you priced the cost of solar for a home?Wind turbine for homes ,commercial and industrial use is not a hot item.It is also cost prohibited .Don't waste your money training for these jobs.

April 24 2011 at 9:04 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
THOMAS SPIEGEL

I noticed in the picture that the guy is taking a nap. Is he an air traffic controller?

April 24 2011 at 7:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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nfischet

No,he charges by the hour.....and is "padding" the bill.Or he is pretending to have a heatstroke,so he can sue the people who own the roof he is on....

April 24 2011 at 8:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mdennis7352

Yeah right maybe the wind turbines but the solar panel manufacturing in my state just moved to China but they took the big tax break the state gave them.

April 24 2011 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gtheel

For every so called Green Jon . 2.5 regular jons are lost.

Can you say 20% unemployment?

April 24 2011 at 7:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Tim

You got that right bonita

April 24 2011 at 5:52 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
gardenpass

Yeah, and with the help of the Lamestream Media, Obama will get positive credits for his stimulus package creating those jobs too.

April 24 2011 at 5:01 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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