Green Careers and How to Find One
Around the globe, people are seeking career changes to find environmentally responsible employment. This once niche market has become mainstream, where now you can find opportunities from a range of employers, in a range of fields, that are suitable to a diverse range of job seekers.
This rapidly expanding market has emerged for a range of reasons, such as the introduction of more stringent sustainability policies, commitment by national governments to international agreements as well as a growing conscience in business and society to address environmental and social concerns. Governments have implemented plans to reduce waste and energy use for example, while residents themselves are choosing to purchase products and services from environmentally friendly companies. Businesses, from local to global scales, are interested in responding to environmental and social issues, if for nothing more than to project a positive corporate image. With compounding factors such as these, the green career sector is booming.
This trend leads to the question, how do you find these jobs, who can apply for them and how can you be best prepared to work in the industry?
It's possible to find work in ”˜green-collar’ markets (the blue collar component of the green industry) as well as in professional and international fields. Anything from global consulting in climate change policy to energy retrofitting, bicycle manufacturing and materials reuse industries, to mention a few, are available to the job seeker.
There is a plethora of websites available that advertise ”˜green jobs’ or jobs with a focus on social responsibility. These websites cater to specific location and professional needs, a few of which are listed at the end of this post for your interest.
In addition to using these sites, the latest ”˜Insider Guide’ from WetFeet explores green careers specifically in the United States. It includes special features on ”˜How to’ look for jobs, interview tips, ”˜Green People Profiles’ from those already in the industry as well as articles on topical issues such as corporate responsibility, green building and how "greening" the economy can help address the national economic crisis - http://wetfeet.com/
Frank Marquardt, the author of the latest Guide, said that
"Not everybody recognizes the tremendous number of emerging career opportunities in the green sector—in nonprofits, at Fortune 1000 companies, in small startups, and in local governments."
His position echoes the sentiment of the green business industry, which is realising the truth behind Achim Steiner’s words from the UNEP
“Millions of new jobs are among the many silver, if not indeed gold-plated, linings on the cloud of climate change."
So to find yourself a green career try out some of these websites to begin your search”¦