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Perhaps one reason you think landing a green job seems to be nearly impossible is because you are looking in all of the wrong places. If you are not totally attached to the idea of remaining close to home and are open to venturing out in pursuit of your dream green job, then you can consider searching for green job opportunities in one of the top five U.S. cities for green employment. Online job search engines make searching for available green positions in your city of interest extremely easy. U.S. Green Technology’s green jobs board also lists several green jobs in a multitude of U.S. cities.
1. Knoxville, Tenn.
You probably did not expect to see Tennessee represented on the list of the top green jobs cities in the United States. Most people’s minds drift to larger areas such as California or New York. However, in Knoxville, about one in every 20 jobs is green, according to a 2011 Brookings Institution report titled “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment.” This city had 16,135 green jobs in 2010, with several green jobs being available at the area’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a research facility of almost 5,000 employees.
2. Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
Raleigh-Cary also is a suitable option for a place in which you can begin your green job search. About 3.3 percent of jobs in the area are green jobs, and growth in the green industry has reached 13.7 percent. A majority of the metropolitan area’s green jobs are in the areas of construction/architecture services, pollution reduction, smart grids and training.
3. Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
In Des Moines-West Des Moines, the jobless rate is a low 5.8 percent, so this city virtually has been unaffected by the current recession. The metropolitan area has generated more than 2,500 green jobs over the past several years. In fact, city officials set up the Des Moines Energy and Environmental Task Force and facilitated a new program to develop green jobs that involve replanting trees. A new waste reclamation system also has resulted from the city’s exploration of green opportunities.
4. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ariz.
You should go to this metropolitan area if you are interested in getting into the growing wind power industry or claiming jobs associated with the production of electric vehicles as well as green products for consumers. All of these areas are growing in Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway. In fact, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola’s aim is to make the city the “greenest city in the South.”
5. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.
New York did make the list of states with the top five cities for producing green jobs. A total of 6.3 percent of jobs in Albany were green last year – the biggest share of any large city area in the United States. You can flock to Albany to find jobs in a wide range of clean-energy areas, such as fuel cell development, battery technologies and wind energy. Environmental research and hydropower are other areas featuring green employment in this area as well.
Other cities in the top 10 green jobs municipalities include: Ogden-Clearfield, Utah; McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas; Tulsa, Okla.; Toledo, Ohio; and Albuquerque, N.M.
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