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

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