Green Jobs: A Few Tidbits That Might Be News to You

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It’s no secret that green jobs are a hot issue during the current presidential race. Little did you know, you probably know very little about some pretty interesting facts about green jobs despite the information that has been bombarding your flat-screen television set.

Here are some fascinating tidbits about green jobs in the United States:

1) Unlike certain occupations, such as finance — which tends to be concentrated in certain locations, particularly large cities on the U.S. coasts — green jobs are spread all across the country in various regions. Believe it or not, the highest concentration of green jobs can be found in the South, according to the Brookings Institution.

2) Green jobs know no bounds as far as job opportunities are concerned. In some occupations, such as in real estate — which is receiving large amounts of attention this year — the job opportunities are limited (for instance, real estate sales, investing and brokering). However, the job prospects are countless in the green jobs field, spanning a multitude of industries — from transportation to computer science. As a result, green jobs are sustainable even in the midst of a recession — as opposed to other industries, which inherently struggle when the economy tanks (such as real estate). In other words, green jobs are as sustainable as the products they generate.

3) About half a million people became employed in green jobs over a seven-year period last decade. In fact, the growth rate for green jobs was 8.3 percent from 2003 to 2010 — much higher than the growth rate for all jobs in the American economy as a whole during that same period. In fact, the green jobs growth rate figure is almost double the growth rate of the economy overall.

4) A whopping 2.7 million people current work in green jobs, which range from industries such as solar energy and wind power to green battery technology and manufacturing. Green jobs indeed are making a huge contribution to the employment rate of Americans in the modern volatile economy.

By YaShekia King

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