Have You Heard About Green-Collar Jobs?
Yes, the economy is certainly making it difficult to find a job for many job seekers. But did you know about the field of green jobs - a fast growing segment of our economy? It might just be where you can turn to find your next job.
A study published today by the Pew Charitable Trusts cites the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed in February, as a significant force driving the clean-energy economy. The stimulus includes nearly $85 billion in direct spending and tax incentives for energy- and transportation-related programs.
And that means people are needed to drive these programs. A recent article in Time magazine article says, "A green-collar job can be anything that helps put America on the path to a cleaner, more energy efficient future. That means jobs in the public transit sector, jobs in green building, jobs in energy efficiency - even traditional, blue-collar manufacturing jobs, provided what you're making is more or less green."
And blue or white collar jobs can also become green jobs. For instance, if you manufacture SUVs, you probably have a blue-collar job. But, if you make hybrid vehicles, you are now working in a green-collar job.
How do you go about finding a green-collar job? eHow.com offers these tips:
1. Read about green collar jobs and learn how a governmental focus on "greening up" business practices can make the world a better place.
2. Decide which environmental careers are the most interesting to you. If you've already established yourself in a career you enjoy, consider furthering your education and learning about the environmental technology and the latest developments in your field, green collar jobs, environmental job opportunities and job openings.
3. Subscribe to websites that feature green collar jobs and environmental job listings. Staying up to date with emerging hiring trends and practices will help you get the green collar job that you're looking for.
4. Sign up with LinkedIn; this is a different network and a good professional site to start with, where you will find many companies listed.
5. Get involved in some groups that are of your interest. We recommend: Renewable Energy Jobs,
Making the environment part of your job search may not only take you on a new career path, but will allow you to help our planet at the same time!
Read: Greener Employment Pastures
Updates: 2016 Green Jobs by Betterteam, Inc.
Where to look for green-collar jobs.