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Top 5 Green Jobs on the Rise in the United States

3p Contributor | Monday October 22nd, 2012 | 1 Comment

By Frank Conley

Nowadays, you see the newest and latest products marketed by components that relate to the benefit of the environment. The green economy is rising by the second. Businesses and people are placing more of a value on “going green.” The attention on the global environment is growing. For this purpose, more jobs have been created or altered to go green.

Environmental Entrepreneurs

In general, entrepreneurship, along with internet businesses, is a rising field. Environmental innovation and entrepreneurship inquires those with a passion and mission to improve the environment. These people do not necessarily need a business degree, but may have an expertise in the field and the action to create the applications. Featured on the MSNBC website is a section dedicated to environmental entrepreneurs. The section includes world news, interviews of environmental entrepreneurs, and daily tips. With the growing popularity of the going green culture, many people are beginning to take an interest in green businesses.

Solar Installation Worker

The solar industry has been strong and continues to grow, despite the state of our economy. Solar panels are in high demand because of how inexpensively they generate electricity and energy for homes and infrastructures. Many solar panel businesses are expanding which, in return, creates more jobs. Solarzentrum, a German manufacturer of solar panels, is expanding its facility in Cincinnati, OH, and creating about 140 new jobs. Businesses in the solar industry are continually competing to create new products that help people to live in a more sustainable environment.

Environmental Engineer

Recently, engineering in the environmental field has been a hit. Environmental engineering is the backbone to maintaining the environment. It encompasses science and engineering principles that promote living a better quality life and environment. There is a variety of settings environmental engineers work in, such as air control, waste management, public health, and water control. For engineers, it is easy to switch to the green field. This green engineering field is dominating the rise of green jobs.

Ecological Educator

Within the past decade, it has been common in the classroom to include the study of the natural environment and how human beings can help to manage ecosystems live a long life. Adults place pressure on students to be the next generation responsible for increasing their awareness of the environment and calculating solutions to current issues. Foundations, such as National Environmental Education Foundation, have been created to help encourage the knowledge of the environment in America. The environment is affected every day, creating a constant need for expanding knowledge and improvements.

Fashion Designer

In the fashion industry, going green is the new trend of the decade.  Many popular fashion designers are incorporating organic clothing into their collections, such as Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg. Consumers are willing to spend a little more money on garment that uses organic materials because it adds more value and tends to be more durable. With the demand of eco-apparel and accessories, fashion designers must be ecoconscious and present their clothing in a stylish manner.

Overall, the more pressing the information about the environment and how human beings are affecting it is, the more there is an increase and demand for those to protect the environment as a whole.

If you are having a difficult time entering the job market and have a passion for maintaining the environment, try considering a job that encompasses what you love to do and has the environment in mind.  Unemployment rates are at an all-time high, but the job market in the environmental industry is still on the rise. You might want to consider a green job as an option.

Frank Conley is a digital nerd who likes to keep it green and works with satellite internet providers to make sure they are eco-friendly.

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  • http://www.thegreenjobbank.com/ Bernard Ferret

    This selection is great! I would have added “sustainability manager”. Every mid-size to large company will hire one or several sustainability managers to help drive energy efficiency and lower energy costs. Their salary will be covered many times by the savings both in money and environmental benefits. That’s potential tens of thousands of jobs.