Thursday, July 26, 2007

Green Jobs

According to an article in Newsweek, eco-friendly careers are plentiful for recent college grads. Read an excerpt below:
July 26, 2007 - Kevin Dudney, 24, has been interested in the environment since his days as a Boy Scout growing up in Knoxville, Tenn. Four years in the smog of Houston, attending Rice University, convinced him that he wanted to work in the field of clean energy. So just before graduating from Duke University with a master's in environmental management in the spring, he accepted a job with California Public Utilities, where he'll help the state find clean energy sources for its electrical power. "I want to help society figure out what is the best way that we can continue to meet our energy needs but do it in a way that's better for human health and for the health of the planet," he says.
Graduates of the class of 2007 are finding the job market is receptive to those who want to do good by the environment. As public awareness of global warming grows, companies are scrambling to put in place greener practices, to present themselves as more eco-friendly and to develop products and services to fill a new demand for all things green. The phenomenon is creating jobs in fields like urban planning, carbon trading, green building and environmental consulting. "The environmental job market is the strongest that it's been in many years," says Kevin Doyle, president of the Boston-based consulting company Green Economy Inc. and coauthor of "The ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference." The labor market for recent grads is strong overall. "The biggest factor is that the baby boomers are retiring," says John Esson, director of the Baltimore-based Environmental Careers Center. But green jobs are growing especially quickly—at double-digit rates in some specialties, like consulting. The fastest-growing professions, according to Doyle's analysis of recent U.S. Department of Labor figures, include environmental engineers, hydrologists, environmental-health scientists and urban and regional planners.
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