Renewable Energy Jobs: What Are They And Where Are They?

Posted on August 20, 2011


Where are the green-collar jobs? If you want to do something worthwhile with your work, what can you do? This article gives a definition of green-collar jobs and where to go when you want to know more about it.

The government has been talking a lot about green collar jobs, especially when it’s election and re-election time. It was promised that 5 million new jobs in the renewable energy sector would be created within the next 20 years. But how realistic is that?

First, a green-collar job is work that is situated in the renewable energy sector. It must have a decent wage and good future outlook, in other words, it has to be a viable career. The University of Tennessee found that if America produces 25% of the energy demands by renewable sources by 2025, the target of 5 million new jobs can be reached. This is possible, but it is a big target. Currently, about 12% of electricity is produced from renewables.

It is also very important to clearly distinguish between real green-collar jobs and normal white or blue-collar jobs that are disguised as green-collar. If somebody works on a hybrid car, this could stand as a viable green-collar job, but if somebody works at GM and increases the efficiency of an engine powered by gasoline, this is clearly not a green-collar job.

I find the subject about increasing use of renewable energy very interesting. If you want to know more about it, there is a good resource website about it, it’s called the Renewable Energy Hub. There is an extensive description about careers in the renewable energy sector there, so if you are interested in working in the field, I believe you could profit from visiting the site.

I wish you all the best in your efforts to help the environment by using more renewable energy sources, both in your private life, as in business.

Posted in: Renewable Energy