The number of green jobs in California – which already is at more than half a million – is expected to climb in the next few years, according to a recent report from the Environment California Research and Policy Center.
The report is titled “Building a Clean Energy Workforce: Preparing Californians for New Opportunities in the State’s Green Economy.” The fact that many utilities companies offer consumer rebates for energy-efficient appliances including washers and refrigerators already is an indicator that green economy jobs will continue to rise strongly in California.
The green economy report also mentions that the skills required of a worker in the green jobs industry generally mirror those required of an employee in a regular job. The only difference is that professionals such as mechanics must study the more complex braking and electronic systems of an electric car versus a traditional gas vehicle when working in the green economy, for example.
“Thousands of Californians are seeking refuge from the recession via the growing green energy economy,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, director of clean energy programs for the Environment California Research and Policy Center.
Many fields of opportunity exist in the California green economy
California’s green economy report calls attention to about 300 training programs for green jobs that are available through more than 130 institutions in California. Each green jobs training program serves about 15,000 students each year.
“Job training programs are a critical engine for developing the work force needed to achieve the state’s environmental goals,” Del Chiaro said.
Green economy efforts include a goal for up to 14 percent of new California vehicles sold in 2025 to be electric and for up to 68 percent California vehicles to be hybrids, in accordance with the state’s Clean Cars Program. Officials want green job objectives to actually pervade a multitude of California industries.
“We need large-scale job creation in every sector,” said Gino DiCaro, a spokesman for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. “California’s manufacturing job base has lost a third of its employment over the past decade – just over 630,000 jobs. We can’t pick one winning sector and leave behind other losing ones.”
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