Work Green, Earn Green: Top 'Green' Jobs


This Earth Day, consider a sustainable future: check out these good jobs in fields that are growing due to the green economy. Not only do these jobs provide services that benefit the environment or conserve our natural resources, they also pay above the average for all jobs ($47,230) and are projected to grow at least as fast as average (around 11%).

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Environmental engineering technicians

What they do: Carry out the plans that environmental engineers develop. This might mean testing or operating equipment used to prevent or clean up environmental pollution. They may collect samples for testing, or they may work to reduce sources of environmental pollution.

  • 2014 Median salary: $51,030
  • Entry-level education typically required: associate degree
  • Number of jobs, 2014: 18,080
  • Projected growth from 2012-22: 18%

Geological and petroleum technicians

What they do: Support scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil and natural gas.

  • 2014 median salary: $58,500
  • Entry-level education typically required: associate degree
  • Number of jobs, 2014: 16,020
  • Projected growth from 2012-22: 15%

Urban and Regional Planners

What they do: Develop plans and programs for the use of land. Their plans help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties and metropolitan areas.

  • 2014 median salary: $69,010
  • Entry-level education typically required: master’s degree
  • Number of jobs, 2014: 35,820
  • Projected growth from 2012-22: 10%

Environmental scientists and specialists

What they do: Use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policy makers or work with industries to reduce waste.

  • 2014 median salary: $72,050
  • Entry-level education typically required: bachelor’s degree
  • Number of jobs, 2014: 88,740
  • Projected growth from 2012-22: 15%

Hydrologists

What they do:  Study how water moves across and through the Earth’s crust. They work closely with engineers, scientists, and public officials to study and manage the water supply.

  • 2014 median salary: $81,930
  • Entry-level education typically required: master’s degree
  • Number of jobs, 2014: 6,580
  • Projected growth from 2012-22: 10%

Environmental engineers

What they do: Use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.

  • 2014 median salary: $86,340
  • Entry-level education typically required: bachelor’s degree
  • Number of jobs, 2014: 53,240
  • Projected growth from 2012-22: 15%

Geoscientists

What they do: Study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present and future.

  • 2014 median salary: $105,390
  • Entry-level education typically required: bachelor’s degree
  • Number of jobs, 2012: 34,000
  • Projected growth from 2012-22: 16%

 Don’t see a job your interested inFor a more complete list of new and emerging “green” jobs, visit our O*Net Resource Center online. You can also explore hundreds of occupations using the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

 


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