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Green Jobs

Green Careers

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.


Elimination of the Green Careers program

On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the-board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, about 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs and all "measuring green jobs" products.  These products include:  data on employment by industry and occupation for businesses that produce green goods and services; data on the occupations and wages of jobs related to green technologies and practices; and green career information publications. Please see for more information regarding the sequestration at BLS.

Green Career Articles

Careers in Water Conservation, September 2013

Fresh water is one of Earth's most important resources. Without it, life would be impossible. Because our available fresh water sources are limited, water conservation is an important aspect of our green economy. Water conservation workers ensure that our fresh water supplies remain adequate for human consumption and wildlife use.

Careers in Sustainable Forestry, June 2013

Sustainable forestry workers strive to ensure that our nation's forests will continue to be used in an environmentally responsible way, while at the same time supplying numerous commercial and industrial products.

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

  • Electric Vehicle Careers: On the Road to Change, Summer 2012 (PDF)
  • Careers in Wind Energy, Winter 2010 (PDF)
  • Careers in Organic Food Production, Fall 2010 (PDF)
  • Going "Green": Environmental Jobs for Scientists and Engineers, Summer 2009 (PDF)
  • You're a What? Recycling Coordinator, Winter 2010 (PDF)
  • You're a What? Wind Turbine Service Technician, Fall 2010 (PDF)
  • You're a What? Solar Photovoltaic Installer, Fall 2009 (PDF)

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



Telephone: (202) 691-5200

If you have a specific green careers question, please contact us via e-mail.

Written inquiries should be directed to:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Information and Marketing Services
2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E. Room 2850
Washington, D.C. 20212–0001


Last Modified Date: June 24, 2015