Green Jobs – How to find them?

The Environmental Magazine – E, has a list of 10 Green jobs to look at. The specific jobs are not important. What is important to understand is the potential of ‘green’ jobs.

“People think there is some kind of mystery, ‘Where are the ‘green’ jobs?’” says Marie Kerpan, founder of consulting practice Green Careers, “There are a bazillion companies where you can take your skills and put it to work in a ‘green company.’”

So how do you do this?

There’s no secret to getting a job in the new green economy. It’s as basic as applying the job skills you’ve already developed (web design, sales, management) to a nonprofit or sustainable industry, or coordinating sustainable practices from within a corporate entity. Sometimes, as in green building or solar panel installing, these green jobs require a specific set of skills—and classes are organizing to fill the growing need. Other times, as in the organic food industry, ecotourism or sales and marketing of energy-efficient technology, anyone with a good work ethic can get in and create a great green career.

This is exactly my thinking. As there are opportunities in different organizations to reach and embrace this green opportunity, there are avenues for people to do the same. This is the same thinking I am using for myself.

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One thought on “Green Jobs – How to find them?

  1. As a career coach specializing in careers in environmental industries and green market sectors, I’m often asked how to snag a good job in a sustainable industry or green market sector by transferring skills and expertise from previous work experiences.

    The answer is fairly easy. With solid accounting experience working for a packaging company, for example, you could transfer or adapt your skills to qualify as a candidate for an accountant position in an environmental architectural firm. Same skill sets. Same occupational function. But that’s the easy part. You need to take it one step further. What makes you a good candidate with a favorable chance of being hired is the challenge.

    What sets you apart from the competition might be the time and effort you invest in learning something about the green building industry and the particular architectural firm or company you’re interested in before you approach them for a job. You may not need to take a L.E.E.D. certification course or claim expertise in designing efficient building and mechanical systems, but you have to know enough about the firm’s business and how they operate to spin some green market value into your accounting skills and experience portfolio.

    You make the connection – presenting your transferable skills and demonstrating your industry knowledge – to help the prospective employer see you as a match for the job. Of course, there’s always the chance you’ll interview with the employer who’s just looking for talented people with a passion for sustainability.

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