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What are the Top Green Era Jobs?

 
March 03, 2010 | By: Marcos Cordero | No Comments
 
 
 

As the world rushes forward into a new verdant era, the scope for forward thinking job seekers is mind boggling. The United Nations Environment Program has predicted that solar and wind power industries alone will account for over 8 million jobs by 2030. Alternative energy technologies will open up millions of opportunities. As world population explodes to frightening numbers, the need for sustainable practices and renewable energy escalates. There simply isn’t time to wait for solutions for another ten years. Issues like green house gases, deforestation and finite supplies of oil and gas are screaming for attention.  Man’s ability to pollute each natural crevice that can be polluted is a problem that needs to be taken by the ear and dealt with. And the time is now.
Some of the top green jobs in this new green era are:

1.    Wind Turbine Fabricator
Wind is the fastest growing alternative fuel industry. The American Wind Energy Association website states:
“Wind power is also a job creation dynamo, creating 35,000 jobs in 2008 alone despite the economic downturn and providing a broad range of business and employment opportunities… This domestic job creation is driven by two factors:

  • Growth in the U.S. wind market (over 8,500 MW installed in 2008, up from over 5,200 MW installed in 2007); and
  • Continually increasing share of domestically made components (the U.S is approaching 50% domestic component production for the average wind turbine installed in the U.S. today, up from under 30% in 2005).”

2.    Modern Farmers
As the number of mouths to feed grows, more intensive farming methods are called for. Since sustainable agricultural practice necessitates doing away with gas guzzling farm machinery and eco friendly fertilizers, biological pest and rodent control methods. Farming will shift gear from the huge factory model to small intensive and innovative models. There will be a huge need for farmers, a niche that will require farming skills as well as business sense. The modern farmer will have to have a working knowledge of heirloom genetics as well.

3.    Architect
There will be a huge demand for architects who design energy efficient, sustainable buildings, whether commercial or otherwise. As more and more public and commercial buildings as well as hotels look for LEED certification, the need for green architects capable of innovative thinking rises. Landscape designing is a corollary of sustainable architectural ideas.

4.    Green MBA and entrepreneur
Learning to launch and conduct sustainable business practices is unique to the Green MBA. Such MBAs are going to be sought after and at least initially, pioneers in their field. Now is the time to plan for a green MBA, to get a head start in the race.

5.    Recycler  and  Waste Management consultant
As businesses get greener, there is a need for systematic stock-taking of each business practice. There is enormous scope for consultants in re-cycling and management of hazardous waste.

6.    Modern Farmers
As the number of mouths to feed grows, more intensive farming methods are called for. Since sustainable agricultural practice necessitates doing away with gas guzzling farm machinery and eco friendly fertilizers, biological pest and rodent control methods. Farming will shift gear from the huge factory model to small intensive and innovative models. There will be a huge need for farmers, a niche that will require farming skills as well as business sense. The modern farmer will have to have a working knowledge of heirloom genetics as well.

7.    Carbon fund manager
Leaving carbon footprints is embarrassing to all businesses though inevitable in the current system. Auditing green house gas pollution and management of carbon foot printing is a huge field for potential jobs.

8.    Renewable Energy Engineer
This encompasses the hot new greentech fields of geothermal and solar energy. Whether designing these systems or physically setting them up, this is where the future ‘energy corridor’ jobs will be. The issue for the future minded job seeker is timing a shift of gears.

9.    Climate Change scientist
As greenhouse gases build up and the polar ice cap melts, world weather undergoes dramatic and increasingly disastrous changes. While carbon funding slowly makes an impact, the climate change scientist has an enormous contribution to make.

10.    Public transportation
The automotive industry is currently undergoing trial by fire and while they come up with innovative hybrids, electric cars and alternative fuel ideas, the concept of public transportation becomes more and more appealing.

 
 
 

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