Here is a review of some of the sectors and careers that will benefit from green jobs investments. According to a UNEP report, this includes, renewable energy, construction, transportation, food, agriculture, commodities, and forestry.
President Obama made his commitment to green jobs clear in his State of the Union Address. The US Department of Labor is working with the community, labor and industry to support green job growth.
Here are some of the areas where green careers are most in demand for 2011 and beyond:
Recycling, solar, wind, smart grid, energy efficiency, retrofitting, greenbuilding, sustainable farming, sustainable forestry, conservationbiology, bio-mimicry, green chemistry, public transportation, wastemanagement, sustainability officer, urban planning and sustainablesystems development.
Many of these positions require specialtraining. A large number of colleges and technical institutes offercomplete career training. See The Green Market’s Searchable Environmental Education Resources for a wide range of sustainable and green education options in the USand around the world. One of the best degrees with the widestapplicability is a Green MBA.
Preparing for a job in these high growth fields increases employment, grows the economy and contributes to a healthier planet.
Richard Matthews is a consultant, eco-entrepreneur, sustainable investor and writer. He is the owner of THE GREEN MARKET, one of the Web’s most comprehensive resources on the business of the environment. He is also the author of numerous articles on sustainable positioning, green investing, enviro-politics and eco-economics.