The Green Career Information staff within the Employment Projections program produces career information on green jobs. The information available for occupations includes: wages, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions, and necessary education, training, and credentials.
On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the-board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, about 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs and all "measuring green jobs" products. These products include: data on employment by industry and occupation for businesses that produce green goods and services; data on the occupations and wages of jobs related to green technologies and practices; and green career information publications. Please see http://www.bls.gov/bls/sequester_info.htm for more information regarding the sequestration at BLS.
Fresh water is one of Earth's most important resources. Without it, life would be impossible. Because our available fresh water sources are limited, water conservation is an important aspect of our green economy. Water conservation workers ensure that our fresh water supplies remain adequate for human consumption and wildlife use.
Sustainable forestry workers strive to ensure that our nation's forests will continue to be used in an environmentally responsible way, while at the same time supplying numerous commercial and industrial products.
Alternative fuels, such as biofuels, can reduce the use of oil-based fuels and can be more environmentally friendly. Biofuels are defined as fuels composed of or produced from biological raw materials.
In the search for new energy resources, scientists have discovered ways to use the Earth itself as a valuable source of power. Geothermal power plants use the Earth's natural underground heat to provide clean, renewable energy. Geothermal power plants can provide baseload power, which means that the power they generate does not vary.
Cleaning up the environment is an important focus of the green economy. Sites that are polluted because of industrial activity, the use of pesticides and fertilizer, or the release of other pollutants must be cleaned up in order to redevelop them or return them to their natural state. (HTML) (PDF)
In addition to being vital to many people, protecting the environment has become an important goal for many organizations. A way to achieve this goal is to pursue sustainability, which is using resources to meet present needs without compromising future resources. (HTML) (PDF)
Many buildings leak air to the outside environment, causing buildings to lose energy. Energy auditors help prevent this waste by inspecting buildings to find areas of air leakage and advising customers on how to fix and prevent leaks. (HTML) (PDF)
Recycling has become an increasingly important issue in the United States as both the population and the amount of waste each person generates continue to increase. This report provides information on how recycling works and various career opportunities in the industry. (HTML) (PDF)
Electric cars are considered to be an important step towards reducing petroleum dependence, protecting the environment, and improving transportation sustainability. The production of these vehicles will provide employment opportunities for many workers. (HTML) (PDF)
Buildings constructed today are very different from those built 100 years ago. As interest in protecting the environment grows, "green," or sustainable, buildings have become more commonplace. At first glance, these buildings might not appear very different from their predecessors, but they feature specialized designs and materials to limit their environmental impact. (HTML) (PDF)
Sunlight is the most abundant source of potential energy on the planet. If harnessed properly, sunlight could easily exceed current and future electricity demand. As solar power becomes more cost-effective, it has the potential to make up a larger share of growing U.S. energy needs. (HTML) (PDF)
Wind power has been used for centuries, but is a relatively new source of electricity generation. As the wind energy industry continues to grow, it will provide many opportunities for workers in search of new careers. These careers extend beyond the wind farm: it also takes the efforts of workers in factories and offices to build and operate a turbine. (HTML) (PDF)
The green career articles include information from sources outside of BLS and are cited accordingly. BLS data on green jobs are available through three surveys:
Telephone: (202) 691-5200
If you have a specific green careers question, please contact us via e-mail.
Written inquiries should be directed to:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E. Room 2850
Washington, D.C. 20212–0001
Last Modified Date: September 18, 2013