With the New Year, hopes are rising once again that the economy will turn around and unemployment numbers will drop (that and that the housing crisis will improve). If you have been unemployed or under employed, 2011 could be your year to get a green job.
Green jobs cover a broad spectrum of positions from laborers and contractors such as solar panel installers to marketing and management positions to sell the increasing number of renewable energy products. Scientists and engineers are also finding jobs in the green sector as the world works to minimize our reliance on fossil fuels while finding affordable, efficient means of alternative energy.
If you are already employed, you could even “green” the job you have. Work in the retail industry? Maybe you could propose a sustainability initiative and chair up new recycling and energy saving measures. Love to travel? Why not search out green hotels and vacation destinations and write about them, or offer to help property owners switch to renewable energy resources like solar power and geothermal.
Experts predict that over 4 million green jobs will be added in the workforce over the next 30 years. Qualified persons will have the edge, as well, because the demand will be high for these type of employees.
Yahoo! Green posted an article recently about where to find a green job that we thought very useful. Here is an excerpt from its posting:
- E: The Environmental Magazine‘s list of booming eco-friendly job sectors is good place to start for inspiration.
- Grist, TreeHugger, EnvironmentalCareer.com, HotJobs, and Sustainable Business Green Dream Jobs‘ listings are drawn from throughout the country.
- Idealist.org Job Search specializes in nonprofits; search on “environmental & ecology” or “energy conservation & green living.”
- Green Jobs is all about the burgeoning area of renewable energy.
- The National Park Service has 16,000 permanent employees and another 10,000 seasonal jobs to fill each year, from Hawaii to Yellowstone.
- Business for Social Responsibility Jobs Board lists openings at such big names such as the Walt Disney Company.
- World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms connects volunteers with organic farms around the planet — not paid work per se, but a great way to see the world.
Why not get a green job in the New Year? With many offerings out there, now is the perfect time to start planting the seeds for a successful, rewarding green career.