The Fast Growing Green Jobs
The fastest growing job sector in the U.S. involves renewable energy sources. In fact, more jobs come from each unit of electricity generated from renewable sources than from fossil fuels. But the energy industry is not the only group hiring. Here are jobs that not only pay a good wage but support the planet.
Green Construction Workers
Self-sustaining construction focuses on buildings that help the environment. Construction materials come from ecologically friendly materials like discarded old tires or used plastic bottles. Construction jobs traditionally pay well so join a green construction crew and know the planet benefits too.
New architectural designs incorporate plants in the construction and that helps lower energy costs. Some buildings use plants as part of the roofing material. Traditional asphalt roofs trap heat and raise temperatures inside, but plants keep a roof cooler and lower indoor temperatures up to 10 degrees. Firms are looking for architects and urban planners to design green spaces for living and working.
Renewable Power Industry
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One of the fastest growing industries is wind power. Located in wide open fields, those giant windmills look like something out of a sci-fi movie. By 2050, expect wind turbines to produce one-third of the world’s power. Jobs are plentiful for designing, constructing, and supporting these new generation windmills.
Another growing job market is installing solar energy panels on homes and businesses. As more people look to alternative energy sources, solar panels also offer cost savings on electric bills. The solar power industry creates jobs 20 times faster than the national average and pay ranges between $15 to $35 per hour.
Careers in Recycling
Believe it or not, colleges offer Green MBAs. These advanced degrees prepare graduates for jobs using recycled products. Nearly 400,000 jobs in the legal, research, and consulting business involve recycling. Other industries need sustainability managers. And with green start-ups, like Method or Recyclebank, a lot of job seekers turn to entrepreneurship.
Currently, two-thirds of all paper used in the U.S. comes from recycled materials. All that recycling creates jobs while creating a better environment. According to the EPA, recycling one ton of paper saves enough energy to supply power to a home for six months, and it saves 7,000 gallons of water and reduces greenhouse emissions. Recycling is a great industry for job hunters.
Best Places to Live
Realtors claim location is everything and that is also true when searching for green jobs. Although many cities stake revitalization hopes on green industries, certain areas in the country offer more jobs than others. Moving to California cities like San Francisco, San Diego, or Oakland, or pretty much anywhere other than Los Angeles, puts you in the heart of the industries with environmental priorities. Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle also lead the way with green jobs.
But no matter where you live, green opportunities are all around. Today, even job seeker sites include green industry sections. So join the fastest growing job segment in the U.S. and help sustain the planet at the same time.