What is a green job?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines a green job as

Green jobs are either:

  1. Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
  2. Jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.

We’re one step closer to understanding that a green job is.  Here are some examples of sectors, or parts of the economy, that can be classified as a green job:

  • Communications
  •  Ecology
    • biology
    • botany
    • wildlife biology and management
    • fisheries biology and management
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Food systems
  • Forestry and Silviculture
  • Government
    • Land management
    • policy
  • Law and policy
  • Natural resource management
    • Environmental Restoration
  • Organic agriculture
  • Renewable energy
    • solar energy jobs
    • bioenergy
    • hydroelectric jobs
    • alternative energy
    • wave power
  • Research
  • Others

Here are some specific jobs that fall into the green jobs category:

  • agricultural inspector
  • air quality engineer
  • business manager
  • camp counselor
  • conservation biologist
  • drinking water treatment operator
  • ecologist
  • environmental attorney
  • environmental chemist
  • environmental engineer
  • environmental/natural resoure/agricultural economist
  • forester
  • fundraising director
  • hydrologist
  • landscape architect
  • pest control technician
  • pollution control technician
  • science teacher
  • solar panel installer/ technician
  • toxicologist
  • urban and regional planner
  • wastewater treatment operator
  • wildlife biologist

Now that you have a better idea about green jobs, take a look at the job board or read about how green collar professionals got to where they are today in the Pathway Profiles page.