Here at Projects for Good, we are always thinking about issues concerning sustainability and how we can ensure that the earth will be healthy for future generations. You can see pollution around you and read about the need to reduce waste, but we know it can be hard to implement sustainability solutions personally. We encourage anyone who wants to be part of the solution to consider projects that directly impact themselves or their community. Collecting plastic to re-use for art projects at schools, building a community garden, or organizing a clean up are all within reach for even the most inexperienced project owner. In day to day life, we recommend small steps, such as reducing your plastic use or taking a shorter shower. However, in this post we explore another exciting step: why not help the planet while bettering YOUR future with a career in sustainability?
Green jobs are rapidly gaining popularity and the outlook is bright. By getting into any of the fastest growing green jobs, you can make a positive impact AND play your role in preserving our planet, all while building a life for yourself.
There are two ways in which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has defined Green Jobs.
The best part of attempting to break into the green job market is that it’s an untapped job market. Experience in customer service, construction, or project management can translate into a new career. We offer some ideas below so that you can start thinking about how your current knowledge could be applied to a green job that suits you best. Or start brainstorming what education and training you might need to land your dream career in sustainability!
The green industry covers a wide range of environmentally friendly jobs in different sectors. You can take a quick look at some of them below.
Individuals and businesses all over the world are now actively participating in greener practices. Many communities are improving their recycling options, with large-scale recycling programs expanding across the United States. Recycling businesses are trying to catch up with this sudden growth and hiring is strong for these jobs. Hence, this could be a great place to start if you are thinking about entering into the green job market.
This is, in fact, one of the most rapidly-growing areas of the green job market according to National Geographic. This job requires no special education or degree.
A hot topic on websites such as National Geographic and The Best Schools is related to green jobs in the department of solar, wind, and wave energy. The latter contains a list of ranked professions that are predicted to grow fastest over the next decade or so. The jobs present at the top of the list require some training and education but the time is a good investment considering the growing field and stability.
With more education around global climate change issue, more and more people are now concerned and willing to take some action. They are actively investing in greener living, making efforts to improve their lifestyle in order to make the environment healthier.
Remember it’s never too late and you can always find a green job in your field of expertise, or get started on the training you need. We all need to work together to solve sustainability issues, and we want to do our part by supporting projects that in turn create jobs. Our ecosystem is built to connect people to socially responsible projects, and you can even search our job listings to see more possible career options. We hope to see you around the Projects for Good community!