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10 Green Jobs

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

With the economy tanking and unemployment skyrocketing (aside from us being sweaty most of the time), I believe green jobs are appropriate to consider.

What is a green job?

A green job would be ‘work in agricultural, manufacturing, research & development, and service activities that contribute substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality’. These might be just what our planet needs (and also suitable for our condition).

1/ Farmer – Average age of farmers is 55. Since sustainable agriculture requires small-scale, local, organic methods rather than petroleum-based machines and fertilizers, there is a huge for more farmers and related workers such as urban gardeners, farmers market, etc.

2/ Forester – Modern forestry is a complex combination of international project finance, conservation and development. Approximately 1.6 billion people depend on the forest for their livelihoods. Deforestation, which causes around a quarter of all global warming, is also likely to be a leading source of carbon credits.

3/ Solar Power Installer – Making and installing solar power systems already accounts for some 770,000 jobs globally. Installing solar-thermal water heaters and rooftop photovoltaic cells is a relatively high-paying job–$15 to $35 an hour–for those with construction skills. And opportunities are available, wherever the sun shines.

4/ Energy Efficiency Builder – Buildings account for up to 48 percent of US energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. LEED, the major green building certification, has over 43,000 accredited professionals. Greening the building stock will take not only skilled architects and engineers, but also a workforce of retrofitters.

5/ Wind Turbine Fabricator – Wind is the leading and fastest-growing source of alternative energy with over 300,000 jobs worldwide. Turbines are 90% metal by weight, creating an opportunity for autoworkers and other manufacturers to repurpose their skills.

6/ Conservation Biologist – The urgent quest to preserve the integrity of ecosystems around the world — and to quantify the value of — ecosystems services — leads to opportunities in teaching, research and fieldwork for government, nonprofits, and private companies.

7/ Green MBA and Entrepreneur – A recent report showed that business services like legal, research and consulting account for the majority of all green jobs — over 400,000. This includes everything from marketing to the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) segment, to serving as a VP of sustainability within a large company.

8/ Recycler – Although the market for paper and plastic has slowed down recently due to the economic downturn, demand for steel is still strong — 42 percent of output came from scrap in 2006 — and recycling remains the economical alternative to high disposal fees. There is a need for specialized companies that can close the loop by recycling and re-purposing e-waste, clothing, plastic bags, construction waste, and other materials.

9/ Sustainability Systems Developer – The green economy needs a cadre of specialized software developers and engineers who design, build, and maintain the networks of sensors and stochastic modeling that underpin wind farms, smart energy grids, congestion pricing and other systems substituting intelligence for natural resources.

10/ Urban Planner – Strengthening mass transit systems, limiting sprawl, encouraging use of bicycles and de-emphasizing cars is only part of the job. Equally important is contingency planning, as floods, heat waves and garbage creep and become increasingly common problems for metropolises.

taken from Yahoo Green

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