Renewable energy growth brings green collar opportunity

Wind Turbine Worker

The classifications of blue collar and white collar jobs derive from the popularity of blue work shirts among factory workers, skilled tradespeople, and other laborers. White shirts, jackets, and ties have been associated with offices. In all of those workplaces, dress codes have evolved to more comfortable options.

The recent designation of green collar jobs has nothing to do with what color shirt is worn. Instead, it is all about contributing to a green environment.

The U.S. Labor Department classifies 3.1 million workers in green collar jobs. Those professions focus on energy efficiency, smart city technologies, and environmental issues.[1]

Green Jobs

One sector, renewable energy, has seen the largest growth:

  • Solar farms
  • Wind farms
  • Hydroelectric plants
  • Biofuel plants

Education requirements range from high school diploma to college degree. Pay varies significantly but trends above average for the education level.

Many green professions involve renewable or clean energy sources. Over 2.25 million Americans have employment that is related to energy efficiency. 800,000 of them work with generating that energy.

These states, plus Washington D.C., are currently the best places to find green-collar opportunities.[2]

| Vermont | Alaska | Wisconsin | Kentucky | North Dakota | Montana | Wyoming | California | New Jersey |

A green science industry has emerged nationwide. Opportunities can be found in public, private, and non-profit sectors, with greatest demand in biotechnology, lab chemistry, ecology, forestry, and related environmental sciences.[3]

Urban planners and architects certified with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credentials are in demand.

ecoPreserve, LLC has employed several LEED-certified professionals. To learn about current opportunities, please reach out using the website Contact page. We’d love to hear from you!

[1] — Green-collar jobs in the spotlight
[2] — Green-collar jobs

Alexa Stone
LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of 3 and has grown the company to over a dozen of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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