The jury may still be out for a while before we can assess whether the $787 stimulus package passed by Congress in February this year was a wise investment. One thing appears to be certain, however: green jobs are growing.
Whether you you are considering employment in the solar sector, a position in the wind industry, or even a green garbage job there is a positive trend as more positions are being created each month. As a result of the stimulus bill (known formally as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), $75 billion will be invested by the federal government to encourage companies to go green, and hire workers to help them do so.
The funds are broken down as follows, according to Environment America: $32.8 billion for clean energy projects, $26.86 billion for energy efficiency initiatives and $18.95 billion for green transportation. Many believe that government/taxpayer investment was required in the recessionary economy because private corporations are holding tight to their cash, less willing to put it into often-fledgling green companies.
If you want to learn how to get a green job, you’re in the right place. And no – you don’t necessarily need an advanced degree:
Overall, half a million green jobs will be created due to the stimulus package. Some economists believe that if the same amount of money was spent on existing fossil fuel infrastructure, instead of on clean energy foundations, we’d see only a fraction of those new jobs. Renewable energy infrastructure will result in three times as many jobs here in the United States.
A broad number of jobs may be classified as “green.” From retrofitting existing buildings (as shown in the video above), to sorting recycling – selling solar panels to installing wind turbines – there will be opportunities for everyone across the economic and education spectra.
Of course, I am proud to boast that Oregon leads the nation with green jobs, which is a really great thing, considering that the state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. But there are opportunities in just about every region.
You need not wait, either. The Solar Energy Industries Association predicts that about 119,000 jobs will be created before the end of 2010 in the American solar sector alone. Stimulus package funds are also planned to be spent on federal buildings, as well. About $1 billion in all will go to retrofitting and constructing LEED-certified structures. Check out the General Services Public Building Service website for more information.
Yes, its true that green jobs are growing! After you’ve polished your resume and otherwise prepared to jump into the hiring pool, take a look at this last Van Jones video. Hopefully, it will help you get a green job: