Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future


People of all ages and backgrounds are seeking work in career fields that will help save the planet, yet many people are unaware of the variety of green careers available. This unique career guidance book, based on labor market research, covers green jobs representing almost every area of career interest.

The authors’ extensive experience in workforce development will help you explore tomorrow’s green career options by answering such questions as: What green careers are ...

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People of all ages and backgrounds are seeking work in career fields that will help save the planet, yet many people are unaware of the variety of green careers available. This unique career guidance book, based on labor market research, covers green jobs representing almost every area of career interest.

The authors’ extensive experience in workforce development will help you explore tomorrow’s green career options by answering such questions as: What green careers are available? What salary can I expect? What education do I need? What is the demand for this profession? How do I change to a green career?

Green Careers offers clear and concise information about the emerging field of environmental jobs. Chapters include:

  • Industry-by-industry overview of green jobs
  • Ninety different occupations in twelve different career groups
  • Over sixty case studies and interviews of people working in green jobs
  • Career planning information
  • Job search resources

This book will appeal to students, career explorers, job seekers, and career and workforce development professionals. It is an indispensable guide for finding a career to feel passionate about and prospering while doing what you love.

Jim Cassio is a career and workforce information consultant who has conducted hundreds of workforce studies and published occupational resource books, including Career Pathways Handbook.

Alice Rush, MA, MCC, is a certified and registered career counselor and founder of CareerU®—counseling for the public and Fortune 500 companies. She is author of Paid to Play and a part-time faculty member of Folsom Lake College.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716438
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,060,117
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Cassio is a career and workforce information professional who has coordinated hundreds of research projects and published occupational resource books, including Career Pathways Handbook. Alice Rush is a founder of CareerU® - a counseling practice near Sacramento, California, consulting with the general public and Fortune 500 companies. She is the author of Paid to Play
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

What is a Green Career and Where are the Green Jobs? 1

Part I Green Career Profiles

Engineering Group 11

Chemical Engineers, including Green Chemical Engineers 11

Civil Engineering Technicians 17

Civil Engineers, including Green Building, Irrigation/Reservoir and Waste Management Engineers 20

Conservation, Biological and Agricultural Engineers 25

Electrical Engineering Technicians, including Photovoltaic, Wind and Biomass Energy Technicians 26

Electrical Engineers, including Recycling, Solar/Photovoltaic, Wind and Biomass Engineers 27

Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control Technicians 28

Environmental Engineering Professors 29

Environmental Engineers, including Ecological and Air Quality Engineers 32

Mechanical Engineers, including Green Mechanical Engineers 36

Environmental Health and Safety Group 39

Environmental Health and Safety Engineers 39

Environmental Health and Safety Technicians 40

Hazardous Materials (HazMat) and Asbestos Abatement Workers 41

Industrial Hygienists and Environmental Health and Safety Analysts/Managers 45

Government Regulations and Planning Group 55

Construction and Building Inspectors, including Green Building Inspectors 55

Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Inspectors and Specialists 60

Urban and Regional Planners, including City/Country, Environmental/Land Use and Transportation Planners 64

Urban and Regional Planning Aides, Assistants and Technicians 68

Green Building and Landscaping Group 71

Architects, including Green and Natural Building Architects 71

Green Building/Construction Trades Workers and Supervisors 75

Landscape Architects, including HabitatRestoration Specialists 84

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers (Eco-friendly) 91

Green Business and Enterprising Group 93

Accountants, including Environmental Accountants 93

Financial Analysts, including Sustainability and Sustainable Investment Analysts 95

Green Entrepreneurs and Consultants 97

Marketing Managers, including Environmental Marketing Specialists 130

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors, including Recycling Technicians 133

Sales Representatives, including Renewable Energy and Natural/Organic Products Sales Reps 135

Sustainability Coordinators and Officers 143

Travel Guides, including Ecotourism Guides and Operators 157

Green Education, Communication and Law Group 167

Customer Service Representatives, including Energy Efficiency Specialists 167

Health Educators, including Environmental Health Educators 168

Health Specialties Instructors, including Environmental Health Education Instructors 173

Lawyers, including Environmental and Regulatory Attorneys 174

Public Relations Specialists, including Environmental/Sustainability Specialists 178

Reporters and Correspondents, including Green Journalists 182

Natural and Land Resource Management Group 187

Fish and Game Wardens, including Wildlife Officers 187

Park Naturalists, including Park Rangers and Interpreters 191

Range Managers, including Natural Resource Managers 198

Natural Sciences Group 201

Atmospheric and Space Scientists, including Air Analysts, Environmental Meteorologists and Climatologists 202

Biochemists and Biophysicists, including Toxicologists and Ecotoxicologists 208

Biological Technicians, including Environmental and Wildlife Technicians 212

Chemical Technicians, including Environmental and Green Chemical Technicians 213

Chemists, including Environmental and Green Chemists and Forensic Toxicologists 215

Earth Sciences Professors, Postsecondary 219

Environmental Science Technicians, including Lab Techs and Air Pollution Auditors 225

Environmental Scientists, including Environmental Researchers, Analysts and Investigators 226

Epidemiologists, including Environmental Epidemiologists 230

Forest and Conservation Technicians, including Soil Conservation and Biomass Technicians 231

Forest and Conservation Workers, including Conservation and Reforestation Aides/Workers 232

Foresters, including Environmental Protection Foresters and Forest Pathologists 233

Geoscientists, including Environmental Geologists, Hydrogeologists and Marine Geologists 237

Hydrologists, including Environmental Hydrologists and Water Resources Managers 241

Microbiologists, including Environmental and Public Health Microbiologists 242

Physicists, including Health and Atmospheric Physicists 243

Soil and Plant Scientists, including Agronomists 246

Soil and Water Conservationists, including Ecologists and Erosion Specialists 248

Tree Trimmers and Pruners, including Arborists 252

Water Treatment Plant Operators 256

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists, including Marine Biologists 260

Physical Geography Group 263

Geographers, including Physical and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Geographers 263

Physical Geography Professors, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Instructors 264

Sustainable Agriculture Group 271

Agricultural Science Professors, including Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Specialists 271

Agricultural Technicians, including Organic and Sustainable Ag Technicians 275

Aquacultural Managers, including Sustainable Aquaculture Farm and Fish Hatchery Managers 276

Farmers and Ranchers, including Organic and Sustainable Farmers and Ranchers 279

Farm Workers, including Organic and Sustainable Farm and Ranch Workers 289

Nursery and Greenhouse Managers, including Organic and Native Plant Specialists 291

Green Jobs with Electric Utility Companies 293

Part II Additional Information and Resources

Career Planning 303

Online Occupational Information Resources 309

Hidden Job Market 339

Glossary of Green Terminology 341

Alphabetical Listing of Real People Q&A 343

Alphabetical Listing of Career Profiles (Occupations) 347

About the Authors 351

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