Looking for an environmentally conscious job can be a frustrating experience. Many students are discouraged from majoring in a “green” major by friends or family because there is a fear in the amount of money that a person would make in this industry and a lack of knowledge about this job industries growth.
It’s important to not become discouraged when looking. Environmental jobs, sustainable development jobs, and “green jobs” is a field that is currently growing every day. In 2010, the clean energy industry showed rapid growth and has been steadily growing ever since.
The following are some tips and guidance for pursuing a green job:
- Look at job websites that post exclusively green jobs- By looking at a website that specializes in green jobs, potential job seekers have narrowed their search to what is most important to them; they won’t have to wade through the clutter of non-green jobs that they would have no interest in.
- Be specific-searching for “green” or environmental job is only going to get a job seeker so far. It’s important for the job seeker to specifically know what type of job they are looking for. This means that the applicant must put in more effort towards figuring out whether they are applying for an entry level, applying for
- Network- Linked In is a great tool for finding environmentally friendly companies on the internet and getting connected with them. It’s also important to remember the importance of going to conferences and meeting new people who can help an applicant in the future.
- Search for tools and technology- Talk with professors and professionals about growing trends and developments. Today’s job seeker should become a sponge for information; they need to keep track of industry growth, new technology, and potential new regulations.
Some potential green career paths include:
Construction Project Manager: Oversees all aspects of construction project and makes sure that the finished project meets sustainability requirements.
Sustainability Analyst: Reviews projects, procedures and policies to see if they meet standards. If the finished project doesn’t meet standards, analyst will recommend improvements.
Sustainable Design Professional: Career know for architectural and engineering expertise. Responsible for designing and implementing blueprints to make a building sustainable.
Energy Efficiency Analyst: Responsible for determining the current energy efficiency of a project or building and recommending ways for improvement.
Operations Manager: Responsible for making operations run more efficiently in both productivity and energy consumption. Creates and implements sustainable practices into their business or industry.
Solar Professionals: While many other industries were laying off workers and during the last recession, the solar and wind industry saw an increase of 70,000 jobs.
Autoworkers: There’s been a shift in the automobile industry in the past six years. While this industry has historically been very against government regulations and improving environmental standards, they’ve made many improvements. There is now a resurgence in the creation of tens of thousands of jobs
Green Builders: Engineers, contractors, and other professionals who are working to build and upgrade buildings to greener LEED standards are in high demand. Green homes comprised 17 percent of the residential construction market in 2011. In 2016, it’s expected that number will be between 29 and 38 percent.
Sustainable Farming: There was a 10 percent jump in U.S. organic food sales from 2009 to 2010 and sales totaled $27 billion in 2010.
Sustainability Professionals: These professionals are responsible for educating the next generation and also helping existing businesses improve their standards. Responsible for educating businesses and creating synergy between environmental responsibility and economic success.
Some websites for green job searching include: