Green jobs, also known as green collar jobs, and usually relate to the environment and protecting it from various forms of human pollution. Various initiatives have been set up to encourage the creation of green jobs and there are online boards and newspaper ad sections devoted to green jobs.
Green jobs cover quite a variety of areas, including recycling, sustainable energy production, construction of environmentally-friendly homes and office buildings, preservation of green spaces and protection of animals and plants in their natural environments.
The US government has been emphasising the importance of green jobs and creating programs to increase the number of these available. If you are considering looking for a green or environmentally friendly job, how do you go about finding one?
Secondact.com offers 6 tips to help you. Here are the first two:
Interested in an eco-friendly career? Here’s some advice for starting your search
1. It’s easier to track green job resources.
In 2010, U.S. green jobs accounted for 2.4 percent of the country’s employment, according to a March 22 report from the BLS. The federal government began tracking statistics on green employment two years ago and since then has developed resources to help job seekers learn about green jobs, including the Green Careers section on the labor department’s website. Job hunters can use the section to look up employment and salary data for 202 occupations and get information on degrees and other training.
2. Location matters.
If you’re looking, look where jobs are most prevalent. Vermont has the highest ratio of green jobs to the general work force, with 4.4 percent of all jobs in the clean economy, according to the BLS green jobs report. The District of Columbia ranks No. 2, with 3.9 percent of positions classified as green jobs. More states are tracking green jobs and creating websites to share information. The Green Careers section of Minnesota’s ISEEK career website, for example, spotlights the state’s green industries and lists openings. Job hunters also can take self-assessment tests, find out what skills they’d need for various green occupations, and learn more about training, internships and volunteering. Maryland set up this Green Job page on the state’s Labor Department website to share information on jobs and training. Californians, who hold 338,400 green jobs, can explore eco-friendly occupations on sites such as GreenJobsCalifornia, California Green Jobs Corps and the California Energy Commission’s Clean Energy Jobs site….More at 6 Tips for a Green Job Hunt – SecondAct.com
You will also find that many newspapers now have ad sections dedicated to environmental jobs and you can find these online as well. Search for “environmental jobs in. . .” and then add the city or state in which you want to work.