Going Green’s the Going Thing in Jobs

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Everyone’s talking about being eco-friendly — from what you wear to what you put in your body. But increasingly, more people are having serious discussions on what the job market has in store for workers and businesses that implement environmentally conscious design, policy, and/or technology to boost conservation and sustainability.

This evening I attended an informational session focused on the topic: “What is a Green Job?” led by Reclamation Energy, a Washington, DC-based organization whose mission is to nationalize energy independence through strategy, education and development.

Green jobs in general are those that are “kind to the eco-system,” said Akili West of Reclamation Energy. “Many of today’s existing jobs will evolve into green jobs. Green jobs are good for people and the planet. The people part means workers in green-collar jobs must be earning a family-supporting wage, have safe working conditions, and have opportunities for career advancement.”

Where are the green jobs?

According to Reclamation Energy, currently the green jobs most in-demand in the Washington, DC area and elsewhere are:

  • carpenters;
  • construction laborers;
  • supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers;
  • heavy equipment operators;
  • plumbers, pipe and steamfitters;
  • roofers;
  • electricians;
  • cement masons and concrete; and
  • painters and installers.

The list consists primarily what we consider “blue collar” jobs. But experts say the outlook for entrepreneurs to take advantage of sustainability efforts, grants and funding is expected to become a hot topic in the next few years.

Below are several online resources where you can gather more information on where to find green jobs and solutions on how to green your existing business.

Is it time for you to start looking outside the box? And start considering greening what you do for a living?

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For More Information, Check These Sites !

Green Collar Job blog Click Here
Leading resource for green collar jobs. Includes green job postings, career events, reports, and news.

Green Jobs Click Here
Renewable Energy Recruitment service and jobs supporting the solar, wind, biomass, hydro, hydrogen and fuel cell industries.

Green Jobs Network Click Here
Connecting people seeking jobs that focus on environmental and social responsibility with available opportunities and resources.

Sustainable Business.com Click Here
Online community for green business: Green Dream Jobs, Progressive Investor, Renewable Energy stocks, Healthy Living stocks, Green Capital, and more.

Green For All Organization Click Here
Green For All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Sustain Lane Click Here
The largest online resource for going green, with over 20,000 product reviews, news, blogs, how-tos, local business and restaurant guides and more.

Time Magazine article “What is a Green Job Exactly?” Click Here

Keep the Discussion Going

Do you currently have a “green job” or is your current position turning into one? 

Are you eager to take advantage of green opportunity?

How will you pioneer your way into your dream career, while along the way helping out your community and the environment as a whole?

About the Author

Emily Brown is the key contributor and creator of  TheCareerPioneer.com, a blog that delivers articles and posts about job industry trends; plus motivational, retrospective stories about career exploration and discovering one’s passion. A former business journalist at Bloomberg News, her work has also appeared in  The Wall Street Journal,  The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and others. Emily lives and works in Washington, DC. She can easily be reached at info@thecareerpioneer.com. Feel free to drop her a line to say “hello,” suggest an opportunity, or provide news of your own.