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5 Green Jobs that Will Increase in Demand

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As more companies strive to adhere to greener initiatives, you can guarantee that the need for individuals skilled in a variety of green technologies will grow significantly in the next couple of years. So much so will the demand increase, that individuals currently wondering about their own job security or which profession they should consider a career in are better to specialize in going green to enhance their likelihood of employment. Some of the fastest growing green careers include:

Green Construction

As more people take interest in protecting their environment, you can expect the number of green structures to rise in the next few years. And if more green structures are needed, so will be the construction workers and project managers left in charge to build them. If you are already in the field of construction, consider specializing your skill set to better your opportunities at career longevity.

Energy Auditor

Whether you are a business wanted to be lauded for your greenness or a home owner that wants to meet Energy Star criteria, there is a good chance that you will come into contact with a energy auditor. These individuals go through properties to make sure that air isn’t seeping in and out of windows and doors and that walls and attics are properly insulated. They also monitor the amount of energy all your lights and appliances use. Becoming an energy auditor doesn’t require a lengthy degree either. They simply complete a training course and can begin working almost immediately.

Green Educator

As the need for green workers continues to grow so will the need of those able to teach them. So if you already have a degree in education and are wondering how you are going to use it, consider becoming Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Even if you don’t have a degree, you can still obtain certification and you can specialize in everything from interior design to architecture and will essentially serve as an educator and motivational speaker for the leading green minds to come.

Civil Engineer

Engineers have long been in hot demand, but civil engineers are growing in demand because of their environmental understanding. They are able to determine greener building materials and sites, and they know how to deal with other environmental factors such as run off and ecosystem management. So if you are interested in the field of engineering, consider specializing in green practices for the best shot at finding a job.

Weatherization Expert

If you’ve recently had an energy audit performed on your home or office, you may have noticed that the energy auditor simply told you where your space could use some improvements to be more energy efficient. Once the auditor is gone, it is time for a weatherization expert to come in and actually make several of those updates to your home. These individuals caulk, apply weather stripping, and know proper types of insulation to keep your house most efficient regardless of the weather conditions outside. Not only are there not enough contractors for these types of jobs, but the demand continues to rise.

If you are in need of a great job with a secure future, choosing a green career may be one of the best options available. Not only will you experience a heightened level of job security, but you will be able to find satisfaction in knowing that you are doing something better for the environment and those living in it too. Green careers tend to pay better too, so there’s actually very little to complain about when it comes to going green professionally.


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