Friday, March 21, 2008

What are Green Collar Jobs?

What are green collar jobs? No, not cleaning up after a St. Patrick's Day Parade. And, no, not something Leprechuans do.

Green collar Jobs are those job created by companies and organizations to improve the environment, whether it be manufacturing wind turbines or installing solar panels. There's no denying it. Global warming is upon us, and a new crop of jobs are being created to combat it.

These types of jobs include:

Jobs related to biodiesel
Public transit jobs
Hauling away materials for reuse
Hazardous materials cleanup
Installation of solar panels
Landscaping to cut down on water use
Recycling
Manufacturing products from recycled materials
Home weatherization
Construction on green buildings
Home remodeling with green materials

And on and on and on. It's been estimated that by 2030, nearly a half-million new jobs could be created in the wind industry alone.

What does that mean for you? Plenty. Many of these jobs are going to replace the blue collar jobs which have been outsourced to other countries. Good news for blue collar workers. Also, there are many franchises being offered in green industries. Good news for entrepreneurs. And, there's always room for new green industries to be introduced. Again, good news for entrepreneurs.

If you feel you wish to get in on the "green boom," it's time to check out the educational opportunities that exist to help retrain you for some green industries. Your local community college is a good place to start. Many people find that skills they currently possess can transfer over to green collar jobs.

Where's a good place to find a green collar job? You may be surprised to find that your local or state government's a good place to look. Many environmental-related jobs can be found within agriculture, public and environmental health, and transportation.

The federal government is also a good place to look. I checked out the Bureau of Land Management website and found they currently have demand in:

Wildland Fire
Law Enforcement
Petroleum Engineering
Outdoor Recreation
Natural Resources

You can find many of their current openings, as well as other federal jobs, by going to jobsearch.usajobs.gov

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