No doubt exists that green jobs appear to be the wave of the future. If you’re looking for a promising career field to enter, consider that the green technology industry grew at a much faster rate than the entire economy did over the past several years – at a whopping 8.3 percent, almost as high as the current unemployment rate.
The rate of green technology job growth actually reached 8.3 percent in just two years – 2008 to 2010 – almost double the average growth of the entire economy from 2003-2010, which lingered at about 4.3 percent.
Several specialized aspects of the green industry are responsible for this growth.
Between 2003 and 2010, solar thermal energy grew by a whopping 18.4 percent. The biofuels sector increased by 8.9 percent, while the solar photovoltaic power industry expanded by 10.7 percent. The wind energy industry actually increased by 35 percent during the last half decade, according to the 2010 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report.
In addition, the Council of Economic Advisers says that more than 50,000 green jobs were created or preserved in 2009 under the economic stimulus bill. A total of 25,000 more workers have been employed as a result of the State Energy Programs, Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program from April to June 2011 as well.
A whopping 2.7 million positions essentially exist in the clean economy. Some of the top cities that have seen a surge in green technology job opportunities include San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, Houston and Portland.
LinkedIn, a professional networking site, recently worked with Wired Magazine to track the percentage of users on the social networking site who moved from one industry to another in the past five years. Not surprisingly, the environmental and renewable industries surpassed all other industries to which workers moved by almost two to one.
Multiple Reasons Exist for the Growth in Green Job Opportunities
Why the growth in the number of green jobs? Some researchers say that Millennials, or members of Generation Y who were born in the early 1980s to the early 1990s, are seeking job opportunities that allow them to make a difference, which has sparked green job growth. The number of green job openings actually has increased by a whopping 300 percent over the past several years at Idealist.org, a job search site for people who want to work in the social enterprise or nonprofit sectors.
“A lot of new graduates are coming out of a world where volunteerism and service has been something that has helped define their generation,” Idealist.org operations director Amelia Byers said recently.
Also, more countries are adding wind turbine and solar panel energy systems to their energy portfolios, thus increasing job opportunities in the green industry across the globe.
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