If you’ve been having trouble finding a job, try expanding your search to include green technology. Though general unemployment rates look bleak, the number of green technology jobs in the US has more than tripled since Obama took office. Those numbers are expected to keep rising indefinitely.
President Obama’s stated goal is for the US to be getting 80 percent of its energy from clean sources by the year 2035. To that end, he’s staunchly advocated the power of green technology to provide employment and stimulate the economy, and has pressured corporations to focus on the environment. His administration has invested more than $90 billion in green technology.
In 2008, there were an estimated 750,000 green jobs in the US. By 2011, the Brookings Institution reports that number had risen to 2.7 million. According to Clean Tech Group, the green technology industry has seen “torrid growth,” and there’s no end in sight.
Green gigs popped up in virtually every industry, from computer technology to healthcare. Reasons for going green vary, but the top three include the desire to save energy, and bowing to corporate pressure. As consumers, companies and employees become more educated about the environment, it’s less acceptable for a business to have no eco-initiatives.
Green jobs also typically pay more than their counterparts. With the national average salary around $38,600, and the average green technology salary at $46,300, green jobs pay about 13 percent more.
Obama’s approval ratings have recently dropped, as critics express disappointment in his progress. They forget that Obama inherited what’s been called the worst economic recession the US has experienced since the Great Depression, and that he warned he wouldn’t be able to turn it around in one term.
But the numbers don’t lie. Obama’s plan to increase green technology jobs is working.
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