Green Jobs: Top Green Jobs for Master’s Degree-Holders

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Are you one of the few individuals who are a bit disillusioned because you have a graduate degree and still can’t find work? Maybe you know someone who wants to obtain his or her master’s degree but doesn’t want to end up with $30,000-plus in debt – and no job to show for it. Here are five in-demand career fields that require a graduate degree and provide the security of being in the booming green industry.

Instructional Coordinators

These individuals are responsible for overseeing the curricula of school districts, which means they can incorporate environmental education into teaching standards. The goal is for students to learn about water conservation alongside reading, writing and math in an effort to change the course of the earth’s future. The instructional coordinating industry employed almost 140,000 people in 2010, according to (median salary was $58,830, based on the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Occupational Therapists

These workers have the responsibility of assisting patients to cope with disabilities and injuries as they complete routine work and living activities. Many of these healthcare workers are incorporating green ergonomics into their designs in order to preserve the health and well being of their patients. Their aim is to develop products, spaces and activities that help both clients and the environment. The occupational therapy industry employed almost 109,000 people in 2010 (median salary was $72,320).


If your head is always stuck in a book, the library field just may be the right profession for you. These individuals essentially assist members of the public with locating information in resources. Many librarians today are leading green initiatives, such as advocating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified libraries or even hosting climate change discussions at their libraries. The library industry employed more than 156,000 people in 2010 (median salary was $54,500).

Urban and Regional Planners

These workers basically create plans for how land should be used. Their goal is to develop cities, towns and communities and will play a highly essential role in the green economy. These planners will help with educating the community about being green, adhering to government green legislation and complying with conservation and wildlife programs. The urban and regional planning industry employed more than 40,000 people in 2010 (median salary was $63,040).

Farm and Home Management Advisors

These people help those who participate in home economics and agriculture, with the goal of paying attention to how these activities affect the environment. The farm and home management advising industry employed 13,000 people in 2010 (median salary was $47,510 in 2011).

By YaShekia King

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