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The internet is changing the way we shop. Climate change is affecting the way we interact with our planet. The economy is affecting the lifestyle choices we make. With everything in such flux, will your job be obsolete in 20 years? Unfortunately, many jobs that are profitable today may not even exist in the near future. Environmental jobs, however, don’t fall in that category.
What am I talking about when I say some jobs will be obsolete? The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that some industries are shrinking, and they aren’t likely to regain momentum. The manufacturing industry is expected to lose 1.2 million jobs by 2018. There will also be about 104,000 fewer jobs in mining, oil and gas extraction.
Here are a few occupations that will probably go to job heaven along with “milkman” and “switchboard operator.”
- Assembly workers
- Anything to do with the paper industry
- Medical transcriptionists
Even simple retail jobs are at risk, as more people go online to find the products they need at the prices they want, without having to leave home.
On the other hand, more and different environmental jobs are being created at increasing rates. Illinois recently created 19,000 environmental jobs. Nevada is on track to create about 600 in one solar project alone.
Monster.com reports that environmental jobs across a range of industries are thriving. “… Green products and services are becoming a significant part of the mainstream economy in agriculture, transportation, energy, consumer goods–you name it.” Some of the fastest growing environmental jobs are in the fields of wind power, alternative energy financing, green building and eco real estate, and land trusts, which seek to preserve ecological areas.
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