Sunday, April 17, 2016

Going Green for Your Career

Happy Earth Day! The animation above was assembled from 13 images acquired on March 9, 2016, by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, a four-megapixel charge-coupled device and Cassegrain telescope on the DSCOVR satellite.

It’s Earth Day soon, and many people are interested in green careers. 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database defines “green new and emerging occupations” as follows:

“The impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of a new occupation...This new occupation could be entirely novel or ‘born’ from an existing occupation.”

This is the long way of saying that our economy is creating new green jobs.

Green Economy Sectors

In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor categorizes these occupations by “green economy sectors” defined as follows:
  • Agriculture and Forestry: Covers activities related to using natural pesticides, efficient land management or farming, and aquaculture.
  • Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage: Covers activities related to capturing and storing energy and/or carbon emissions, as well as technologies related to power plants using the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technique.
  • Energy Efficiency: Covers activities related to increasing energy efficiency (broadly defined), making energy demand response more effective, constructing smart grids, and other energy-efficient activities.
  • Energy Trading: Covers financial services related to buying and selling energy as an economic commodity, as well as carbon-trading projects.
  • Environment Protection: Covers activities related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.
  • Governmental and Regulatory Administration: Covers activities by public and private organizations associated with conservation and pollution prevention, regulation enforcement, and policy analysis and advocacy.
  • Green Construction: Covers activities related to constructing new green buildings, retrofitting residential and commercial buildings, and installing other green construction technology.
  • Manufacturing: Covers activities related to industrial manufacturing of green technology as well as energy-efficient manufacturing processes.
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction: Covers activities related to solid waste and wastewater management, treatment, and reduction, as well as processing recyclable materials.
  • Renewable Energy Generation: Covers activities related to developing and using energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. This sector also includes traditional, nonrenewable sources of energy undergoing significant green technological changes (e.g., oil, coal, gas, and nuclear).
  • Research, Design, and Consulting Services: This sector encompasses indirect jobs to the green economy, such as energy consulting and research and other related business services.
  • Transportation: Covers activities related to increasing efficiency and/or reducing environmental impact of various modes of transportation, including trucking, mass transit, and freight rail.

New and Emerging Green Occupations

Here is a list of new and emerging green occupations and their related sectors:

Occupation
Sectors
Biochemical Engineers
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Biofuels Processing Technicians
Renewable Energy Generation
Biofuels Production Managers
Renewable Energy Generation
Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers
Renewable Energy Generation
Biomass Plant Technicians
Renewable Energy Generation
Biomass Power Plant Managers
Renewable Energy Generation
Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists and Site Managers
Environment Protection
Chief Sustainability Officers
Governmental and Regulatory Administration
Climate Change Analysts
Environment Protection
Compliance Managers
Governmental and Regulatory Administration
Electrical Engineering Technologists
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Electromechanical Engineering Technologists
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Electronics Engineering Technologists
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Energy Auditors
Energy Efficiency; Governmental and Regulatory Administration
Energy Brokers
Energy Trading
Energy Engineers
Energy Efficiency; Green Construction; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Environmental Economists
Environment Protection
Environmental Restoration Planners
Environment Protection
Fuel Cell Engineers
Research, Design, and Consulting Services; Transportation
Fuel Cell Technicians
Transportation
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Geothermal Production Managers
Renewable Energy Generation
Geothermal Technicians
Renewable Energy Generation
Green Marketers
Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Hydroelectric Plant Technicians
Renewable Energy Generation
Hydroelectric Production Managers
Renewable Energy Generation
Industrial Ecologists
Environment Protection
Industrial Engineering Technologists
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Investment Underwriters
Energy Trading; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Logistics Analysts
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services; Transportation
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Manufacturing Engineers
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Manufacturing Production Technicians
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Mechanical Engineering Technologists
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Mechatronics Engineers
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Methane/Landfill Gas Collection System Operators
Renewable Energy Generation
Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians
Renewable Energy Generation
Microsystems Engineers
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Nanosystems Engineers
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians
Manufacturing
Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Photonics Engineers
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Photonics Technicians
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Precision Agriculture Technicians
Agriculture and Forestry; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Recycling and Reclamation Workers
Recycling and Waste Reduction
Recycling Coordinators
Recycling and Waste Reduction
Regulatory Affairs Managers
Governmental and Regulatory Administration
Regulatory Affairs Specialists
Governmental and Regulatory Administration
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists
Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Remote Sensing Technicians
Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Risk Management Specialists
Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Robotics Engineers
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Robotics Technicians
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Solar Energy Installation Managers
Renewable Energy Generation
Solar Energy Systems Engineers
Renewable Energy Generation
Solar Photovoltaic Installers
Renewable Energy Generation
Solar Sales Representatives and Assessors
Renewable Energy Generation
Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians
Renewable Energy Generation
Sustainability Specialists
Governmental and Regulatory Administration
Transportation Engineers
Research, Design, and Consulting Services; Transportation
Transportation Planners
Governmental and Regulatory Administration; Research, Design, and Consulting Services; Transportation
Validation Engineers
Manufacturing; Research, Design, and Consulting Services
Water Resource Specialists
Environment Protection
Water/Wastewater Engineers
Environment Protection
Weatherization Installers and Technicians
Energy Efficiency
Wind Energy Engineers
Renewable Energy Generation
Wind Energy Operations Managers
Renewable Energy Generation
Wind Energy Project Managers
Renewable Energy Generation
Wind Turbine Service Technicians
Renewable Energy Generation

That’s quite a list. Learn more about these and other green occupations, including their job descriptions and required education/training. You may discover a great, green fit for your future career.

Happy Earth Day!  #EarthDayEveryDay

Sunday, April 10, 2016

What Is in Your Job Search Toolbox?

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

What Is in Your Job Search Toolbox? [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
What's in your job search toolbox?

When starting any project, it’s helpful to gather the tools you’ll need ahead of time to avoid delays, frustrations, and interruptions. By creating a toolbox for your job search, you will be able to focus on the job hunt and minimize the time you spend searching for work. This is important, because the longer your job search goes on, the more likely it is you will become frustrated, tired, want to quit, or settle for a bad job.

So what should be in your job search toolbox? Here are some suggestions:

  • Self-knowledge. When you look for a job, you need to know what you are good at, enjoy, want to do, and don’t want to do. You should consider your background, experience, skills, strengths, and training. Ask yourself what type of work environment you like, what parts of town you are willing to work, the hours you can work, and other similar questions. Knowing yourself and what you want will help you apply for jobs that are the best fit. You will avoid applying for jobs you don’t want. If you need to learn about jobs and their requirements, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook. You may discover that you need more education and training.
  • Adaptable resume. When you complete your resume, you are not done with it. To be most effective, your resume should match each job you are seeking. If you do not tailor your resume to the job, it may get screened out by automated applicant tracking systems or make it difficult for employers to discern your fit for the job. So create your resume. And then be willing to change it, modify it, and add words, descriptions, and details that match your experience to the job opening. Learn how to customize your resume in 15 minutes.
  • Employer knowledge. Learn all you can about employers in your field of interest via their websites and elsewhere online, in company publications, through industry news, and through customer reviews. Are the organizations big or small? Are they growing? What do they do, create, or sell? Do they hire people like you? Do you use their products or services? Why are you interested in the organization? Do you know anyone who works there? By studying potential employers, you can begin to identify where you may want to work. Consider applying to organizations even if no jobs are advertised. They may need someone with your skills. When you apply for a job, you can talk specifically about the company’s needs and situation. When you interview for a job, you can ask detailed questions about the organization’s plans, which will help you will stand out from other candidates.
  • People who can help you. People help people, and people hire people. So talk to your family, friends, past colleagues, neighbors, and acquaintances, and let them know you are looking for a job. Seek their support and encouragement. Ask if they know of any jobs or people who are hiring. Ask them to serve as references, if appropriate. Ask if they know of workers you can contact at potential employers. Reach out to people in your industry and to employees at your target companies. People want to help people.
  • A job search activity tracking system. It’s important to keep track of your job search activities so you know where you’ve applied, what you’ve sent, when to follow up, and where things stand in the hiring process. You can use a simple log or calendar to handle this task, but create a system that works for you. See tips for organizing your job search.
  • Job interview skills. The job interview is where you’ll get hired. So long before you have an interview, make sure you have business clothes, a professional demeanor, and good answers to common job interview questions like “Why do you want to work here?” and “Why should we hire you?” You will come across as prepared and professional.

So what is in your job search toolbox?