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Go Green: 11 Awesome Earth-Friendly Jobs

Do you care about making a difference as musch as you care about your career?

“Green” jobs – defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as jobs that produce goods or services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or jobs that use more environmentally friendly processes or fewer natural resources – have outpaced jobs in other categories by almost 250 percent over the last decade, and growth doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The 12 in-demand jobs profiled in this article show how you can make some green – while going green.

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News Bit: Why Trends in Sustainability Are Good For Business and Education

 

By John Viera, GreenBiz.com, March 30, 2012

“Pick up any newspaper these days and it won’t be long before you find an article that calls out some aspect of our coutnry’s education system in need of fixing. From the daunting numbers that are presented, this coverage, unfortunately, doesn’t seem overblown. .

The U.S. Department of Education’s most recent national assessment of high school seniors determined that 74% lacked proficiency in math, 62% lacked proficiency in reading, and 79% lacked proficiency in science.

In the last round of comparative international exams, American 15-year-olds ranked 25th in  math, 17th in reading and 22nd in science among participating countries. Chinese 15-year-olds ranked first in each subject.

News about higher education isn’t much different. In 1990, the U.S. boasted the highest percentage in the world of 25- to 34-year-olds with college degrees, but had fallen to 12th by 2010. Meanwhile, there’s never been a greater need for college graduates. By 2018, 63 percent of jobs are expected to require at least some colleged education. Again, the numbers don’t tell a positive story; but there may be a silver lining.

When I was in school, specific education around the environment was an afterthought to traditional disciplines. Limited to conservation, education rarely integrated sustainability values with the realities of everyday living. From what I observe of candidates entering the workforce today, and in younger hires across the board, this has changed.

Over the last decade, high school students enrolled in advanced placement environmental science courses has skyrocketed 426 percent nationally, more than four times the average increase of all advanced placement courses. The figures are similar in higher education. On average, the number of academic papers on sustainability has doubled ever 8.3 years since 1974, according to a recent study from Indiana University.”

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Go Green: Careers & Job Opportunities

If you aren’t graduating this May, or even if you are, one option to consider is looking for a summer internship experience. Some internships are paid, others are not, but both give you an opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge while learning something new AND building your resume.

Here are some website to visit for internships in various ‘green’ fields. Greenbiz.com and treehugger.com also offer job boards that you can sift through for internships. Good luck!

http://www.internships.com/summerinternships/program

http://globalgreen.org/jobs/

http://jobsinsustainability.jobamatic.com/a/jobs/find-jobs/sb-pd/fjt-internship

Go Green: Careers & Job Opportunities

Do you have a dream to have a green job? Here’s another website, Green Dream Jobs, that provides a compilation of up-to-date job postings in renewable and clean energy, green building, organics, and sustainability. Available positions are searchable by City, State, Country, Skill Level and Category.

Go Green: Careers and Job Opportunities

Looking for Career Opportunities in the ‘Green’ Sector?

Check here on Wednesdays for links to websites listing green jobs and internships!

GreenBiz.com’s green jobs and career center lists current jobs and internship openings in solar and renewable energy, cleantech, green building, sustainable businesses, socially responsible organizations and more. The website’s Green Career Center also has some good resources for learning about available options for growing a career in the green economy.

Website: http://jobs.greenbiz.com/