CSU Green Campus has been on the green band wagon for some time. Increasing attention on the Greenhouse Effect and the introduction of Obama’s Energy Reform has led to a boom in the green energy job sector; a boom that is set to continue well into the future. What better time to get involved, ensure your job security and build your bright future?
Careers in the clean energy sector are expected to dominate in the future. While a number of traditional jobs are in decline these careers offer grow potential and job security. This future has already begun, The Wall Street Journal says: “No coincidence that the two biggest pieces of legislation facing the Senate this year are health care and the energy and climate package.”
Green workers employed in the United States are currently enjoying the benefits of their profession, earning the highest salaries in the industry, with the average salary being $100,000. Along with healthcare employees like nurses and nutritionists, workers with relevant skills, which can be applied to renewable energy resources, will be highly in demand. Trained, educated workers with analytical and practical skills will make up the green workplace of the future. Architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, conservationists, construction workers and other trade workers will be responsible for creating and maintaining an energy efficient infrastructure.
In July 2009 The White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report entitled:“Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow.” The report discusses the occupational fields that will experience growth and aid economic recovery. The report also details the education and skills required by the workers to implement these new green practices. The report emphasizes the importance of an educated workforce. Although environmental careers do not necessarily require a green college degree, they do require at least a Bachelor’s degree. The report claims: “Although we cannot predict with certainty what the jobs of the future will be, the evidence strongly suggests that high quality education and training is the best way to prepare the workers of today for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Already global preparations and advancements are being made to go green. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, supported by Department of Energy, is continuously offering new tax breaks, cooperatives and other incentives. In New Jersey alone Governor Corzine has set ambitious goals to overhaul the State’s energy resources and hopes to generate 30% of energy from wine and solar power by 2020. In the construction industry an estimated $60 billion is to be spent on cost-efficient and eco-friendly buildings by 2010. USA Today reports: “Technology giant Sun Microsystems, for one, aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2012 through a range of practices, from using cooler, energy-saving technology in its computer chips to allowing thousands of its 34,400 employees to work at home.”
While most environment careers are ethically aligned few are more so than Veteran’s Green Jobs; an organization that: “provides exemplary green jobs education and career development opportunities for military veterans, empowering and supporting them to lead America’s transition to energy independence, ecological restoration, community renewal, and economic prosperity.”
A variety of job search websites, specializing in environmental careers are available online. For green jobs specifically in construction check out The Green Building Council’s website