Monday, April 25, 2011

5 Green Jobs Saving the Planet

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The US Green Building Council, a non-profit group that promotes eco-friendly building practices, suggests that green-friendly construction projects will add $7.9M green jobs and $554B to the American economy over the next 2 years. The US federal government included $750M in green job training in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of February 2009 that will make these green jobs possible. As a result, the next big surge in jobs will be in green sectors technology.

#1- Home Energy Auditor
These professionals will usually have a professional history in residential home construction. They evaluate homes for what kind of improvements will increase home energy efficiency.

#2 Green Teacher
As industries become more aware of green opportunities, the need for teachers to train others about green technology is growing. These teachers are not trained education professionals, but individuals with a background in interior design and architecture. To get involved in these types of jobs it is important to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. LEED is a green building standard that certifies a building was constructed using environmentally friendly techniques.
Information on LEED certifications and exams can be found on the US Green Building Council website.

#3 Green Engineer
Civil and mechanical engineers with LEED certifications that can consult on green building projects are in demand. They assist in determining water runoff design systems, cooling and ventilation systems, and other sustainable engineering efforts.

#4 Wind Power Salesperson
As homeowners begin to take advantage of the IRS renewable energy systems tax credits, sales for green items like wind turbines are going up! Salespeople can take advantage of this by getting on top of the next big thing and get jobs selling now.

#5 Weatherization Expert
These experts work with homeowners to improve and retrofit their homes with new windows, insulation and other product to improve their home energy efficiency. ARRA provided as much as $5B for residential weatherization improvement projects. According to the National Association of Home Builders the lack of skilled weatherization experts make this a potentially lucrative field.

Source: Fox Business

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