Green Careers and How to Find One

globergreen.jpgAround the globe, people are seeking career changes to find environmentally responsible employment. This once niche market has become mainstream, where now you can find opportunities from a range of employers, in a range of fields, that are suitable to a diverse range of job seekers.
This rapidly expanding market has emerged for a range of reasons, such as the introduction of more stringent sustainability policies, commitment by national governments to international agreements as well as a growing conscience in business and society to address environmental and social concerns. Governments have implemented plans to reduce waste and energy use for example, while residents themselves are choosing to purchase products and services from environmentally friendly companies. Businesses, from local to global scales, are interested in responding to environmental and social issues, if for nothing more than to project a positive corporate image. With compounding factors such as these, the green career sector is booming.
This trend leads to the question, how do you find these jobs, who can apply for them and how can you be best prepared to work in the industry?

It’s possible to find work in ‚Äògreen-collar’ markets (the blue collar component of the green industry) as well as in professional and international fields. Anything from global consulting in climate change policy to energy retrofitting, bicycle manufacturing and materials reuse industries, to mention a few, are available to the job seeker.
There is a plethora of websites available that advertise ‚Äògreen jobs’ or jobs with a focus on social responsibility. These websites cater to specific location and professional needs, a few of which are listed at the end of this post for your interest.
In addition to using these sites, the latest ‚ÄòInsider Guide’ from WetFeet explores green careers specifically in the United States. It includes special features on ‚ÄòHow to’ look for jobs, interview tips, ‚ÄòGreen People Profiles’ from those already in the industry as well as articles on topical issues such as corporate responsibility, green building and how “greening” the economy can help address the national economic crisis –
Frank Marquardt, the author of the latest Guide, said that

“Not everybody recognizes the tremendous number of emerging career opportunities in the green sector – in nonprofits, at Fortune 1000 companies, in small startups, and in local governments.”

His position echoes the sentiment of the green business industry, which is realising the truth behind Achim Steiner’s words from the UNEP

“Millions of new jobs are among the many silver, if not indeed gold-plated, linings on the cloud of climate change.”

So to find yourself a green career try out some of these websites to begin your search…
Green Biz Jobs
Green Dream Jobs
Green Jobs (Renewable Energy)

8 responses

  1. I have one thing to add – I don’t think a “green job” should be thought of as a charity position, or even a financial sacrifice – the greenest jobs right now are in positions of influence in traditional companies where you can work tomake that company operate in a “Greener” fashion. And by “greener” I’m not just talking about energy or recycling – it’s about changing the company’s operations from manufacturing all the way down the supply chain, to the way the company treats employees and invests itself into the communities in which it operates. The idea that green jobs are charity has to go!

  2. To echo Jobbler, so-called “green” jobs are absolutely not about charity. At their essence, they’re about reshaping how people do what they do, and that’s what’s so exciting about this shift: Extractive industries (which is what our economy has been built on) are at the very beginning of a process of reinvention. As new, sustainable business models continue to be pioneered, there will be challenges to leaders in every industry by competitors focused on doing business sustainably. The financial incentive for change, driven by consumer demand, rising prices of doing business in this old way, and increasing regulation, represents a huge economic opportunity for entrepreneurs not to mention lucrative paychecks for many of their employees.

  3. Thank you to Jobbler and Frank for highlighting the exciting and far-reaching ‘green’ changes that are occurring within our employment industries. The opportunities linked with this are far reaching and certainly not contained within the field of charity work!!
    It’s great to hear your thoughts and have your insightful contributions, thanks!

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