Green Career Information
The Green Career Information staff within the Employment Projections program produces career information on green jobs. The information available for occupations includes: wages, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions, and necessary education, training, and credentials. New articles will be added periodically.
Green Career Articles
Careers in Biofuels, January 2013
Alternative fuels, such as biofuels, can reduce the use of oil-based fuels and can be more environmentally friendly. Biofuels are defined as fuels composed of or produced from biological raw materials.
Careers in Geothermal Energy, September 2012
In the search for new energy resources, scientists have discovered ways to use the Earth itself as a valuable source of power. Geothermal power plants use the Earth's natural underground heat to provide clean, renewable energy. Geothermal power plants can provide baseload power, which means that the power they generate does not vary.
Careers in Environmental Remediation, September 2012
Cleaning up the environment is an important focus of the green economy. Sites that are polluted because of industrial activity, the use of pesticides and fertilizer, or the release of other pollutants must be cleaned up in order to redevelop them or return them to their natural state. (HTML) (PDF)
Careers in Sustainability, August 2012
In addition to being vital to many people, protecting the environment has become an important goal for many organizations. A way to achieve this goal is to pursue sustainability, which is using resources to meet present needs without compromising future resources. (HTML) (PDF)
Energy Auditors, February 2012
Many buildings leak air to the outside environment, causing buildings to lose energy. Energy auditors help prevent this waste by inspecting buildings to find areas of air leakage and advising customers on how to fix and prevent leaks. (HTML) (PDF)
Careers in Recycling, September 2011
Recycling has become an increasingly important issue in the United States as both the population and the amount of waste each person generates continue to increase. This report provides information on how recycling works and various career opportunities in the industry. (HTML) (PDF)
Careers in Electric Vehicles, September 2011
Electric cars are considered to be an important step towards reducing petroleum dependence, protecting the environment, and improving transportation sustainability. The production of these vehicles will provide employment opportunities for many workers. (HTML) (PDF)
Careers in Green Construction, July 2011
Buildings constructed today are very different from those built 100 years ago. As interest in protecting the environment grows, "green," or sustainable, buildings have become more commonplace. At first glance, these buildings might not appear very different from their predecessors, but they feature specialized designs and materials to limit their environmental impact. (HTML) (PDF)
Careers in Solar Power, June 2011
Sunlight is the most abundant source of potential energy on the planet. If harnessed properly, sunlight could easily exceed current and future electricity demand. As solar power becomes more cost-effective, it has the potential to make up a larger
share of growing U.S. energy needs. (HTML) (PDF)
Careers in Wind Energy, September 2010
Wind power has been used for centuries, but is a relatively new source of electricity generation. As the wind energy industry continues to grow, it will provide many opportunities for workers in search of new careers. These careers extend beyond the wind farm: it also takes the efforts of workers in factories and offices to build and operate a turbine. (HTML) (PDF)
Articles on Green Jobs from Occupational Outlook Quarterly
BLS Data on Green Jobs
The green career articles include information from sources outside of BLS and are cited accordingly. BLS data on green jobs are available through three surveys:
- The Green Technologies and Practices survey asked approximately 35,000 business establishments about their use of green technologies and practices and the occupations of workers who spend more than half of their time involved in green technologies and practices.
- The Green Goods and Services industry component includes approximately 120,000 business and government establishments that produce any goods or services. The survey provides estimates of the number of jobs in each industry that are associated with the production of green goods and services.
- The Green Goods and Services Occupations (GGS-OCC) program provides occupational employment and wage information for businesses that produce green goods and services. The GGS-OCC data consist of occupational employment, staffing patterns, and occupational wages.
Green Career Information Related Links
For additional information concerning green careers, contact us:
- Via e-mail.
- Via telephone at 202-691-5700.
- Via mail to: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001
Last Modified Date: January 31, 2013