10 Future Green Job Opportunities

10 Future Green Job Opportunities

Whether you are stuck in a passionless, dead end job that seems to be sucking the soul out of you each and every day, or if you are about to embark on your college career, green jobs just may be the choice you are looking for. The Bureau of Labor Statistics describes green employment as working in companies or industries that preserve natural resources, reduce environmental footprints, create environmentally friendly products or offer eco-friendly services. Job growth in these sectors is predicted to increase as more demand along the lines of such innovation as solar, wind, battery power and more continue to rise.

Solar Flare

The 3rd National Solar Job Census carried out by The Solar Foundation, recently reported that approximately 13,782 jobs were added to this sector in 2012 (a13.2 percent increase over 2011). Continued growth is predicted throughout 2013 as more corporations and residential communities alike embrace the affordable, simpler to install and easier to maintain technology. Most jobs in this green industry will be relegated to sales people as well as the title of SPI-tech or Solar Panel Installation Technician.

Lean, Green, Fighting for Clean

As more information emerges regarding our exposure to a toxic slew of cleaning products that seem to be slowly diseasing or even killing us over time, people are demanding more green solutions. Job growth in home as well as office green cleaning companies is on the rise. These services use innovative, naturally occurring. non-toxic, chemical-free, enzyme friendly, biodegradable cleaning products. In addition, more demand is also leaning toward green launderers and dry cleaners.

Till the Soil

Organic farmers are enjoying a continued rise in demand according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2011 industry survey. Sales have gone from “$1 billion annually in 1990 to $27 billion in 2010”. The Organic Farming Research Foundation projects that if this demand continues to grow, “the number of organic farmers in the U.S. must triple by 2015 to meet demands for organic foods”.

Lend a Hand

Known as a Sustainability Expert or Professional, this career revolves around helping existing businesses to operate in a responsible, sustainable and green decision making way. More colleges are offering ‘Green MBA’s’ to enable these professionals to educate the next generation of corporate innovators about essential, business enhancing, eco-friendly practices. According to a recent National Geographic report, future industries are embracing a ‘Triple Bottom Line’

known as Profit, People and Planet. To do so, the “search of leaders who understand how to create synergy between environmental responsibility and economic success” is in full swing.

Hydrologist

The threat of future water shortages is currently spawning a desire for hydrologists. This occupation requires degrees in geophysics, chemistry, earth science and/or geology. A hydrologist’s job is to create clean drinking water from underground and surface resources.

As the green sector expands, so will employment. Other future green jobs include:

  • Environmental Law Attorney
  • Land Use Planner
  • Eco-Educator
  • Wind Energy Developer
  • Electric Car Designer.

Each day a need for a green expert or service emerges. Hopefully, this is a sign of a hopeful future.

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