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The 10 best green jobs

Posted on January 21, 2009

The Environmental News Network recently alerted me to a report by fastcompany.com on the 10 best green jobs for the next decade. Whether it's truly reputable or not, I don't know, but I do know that it's an interesting list that doesn't inlcude (gasp!) architects, engineers, contractors or developers.

Here's the apparent top 10 green jobs, in ENN's words:

#1-- Farmer. The average age of the American farmer is nearing retirement age. A new generation of small-scale, local growers is needed.

#2-- Forester. The field has growing international significance as programs aim to finance, conserve and develop forests in developing nations.

#3-- Solar Power Installer. The Solar Energy Industries Association predicts an increase to over 110,000 good-paying jobs by 2016 and maybe more if anticipated tax credits are accelerated.

#4-- Energy Efficiency Builder. Obama's pledge to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings and homes could create almost a million jobs.

#5-- Wind Turbine Fabricator.  The wind industry reportedly added 10,000 new jobs in 2007 and it is the fastes growing source of alternative energy.

#6-- Conservation Biologist. For the academically minded, this field is beginning to grow as awareness grows about the value of the planet's ecosystems.

#7-- Green MBA and Entrepreneur. More and more, companies are beginning to understand that the values of sustainability are about survival, not just good press.

#8-- Recycler. Although the industry is currently in a downturn. Recycling is still more cost effective than waste disposal, and supportive regulations continue to increase.

#9-- Sustainability Systems Developer. These are the high-tech positions. Essentially computer information systems (CIS) designed for support energy efficiency and alternative energy supply.

#10-- Urban Planner. Large infrastructure changes are needed to transition to less carbon intensive lifestyles and to prepare for climate change.

What do you think, did they get it right?

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  1. My biggest gripe in this sector is when you get people who say it’s a “green” job because you work for a company that values “green”. That’s BS. These are truly green jobs!

    I think the overarching theme is to look at which job is incentivized to reduce operating costs, reduce energy costs, increase utilization of waste, less dependence on foreign oil, etc.

    What do you think? Good Post!

    Vik Duggal


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