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Find a New Career in the Emerging Green-Collar Workforce

Find a New Career in the Emerging Green-Collar Workforce


By Leia O’Connell, MSW
Contributor, Career Services

Now more than ever, topics of sustainability, conservation, climate awareness, and “eco-friendliness” are common conversations. Consumers are looking for companies who create “green” initiatives, strive to reduce waste, and don’t have a negative impact on the environment. Businesses have realized that the perception of how their company impacts the environment, impacts their sales.

As a result of this change in values, it’s no longer just white- and blue-collar workers; green-collar workers are an emerging workforce. If you want to turn your love for the environment into a sustainable career, now is the time to jump into this growing field!

Hospitality – Have you been to a hotel lately and noticed a little card in your room asking you to reuse your towels? This is just one of the many initiatives hotels are creating to save money and water! Hotels are promoting their shift to a “green” environment and want their potential customers to be aware this effort. In the hospitality field, you will find green jobs in sales, marketing and consumer research. Hotels who promote their green initiatives can attract customers who value this as part of their experience.

Green Construction – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the increase in public awareness of the environment has led to the expansion of green construction and its workforce. Jobs include energy analysts, construction administrators, sustainability coordinators, and project managers. APUS has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability through the construction of its energy-efficient Finance Center and use of solar energy.

Environmental Law and Policy – In our ever-changing world, public policies often need to be re-written to address the most recent issues. If you enjoy research, policy, and creating plans of action, you may be interested in entering this field. Potential careers include environmental planner, environmental lobbyist and environmental compliance manager, just to name a few.

Environmental/Natural Sciences – Of course, we cannot neglect the more traditional route to a green job! The field is so vast; conservation, sustainability, environmental impact analysis, wildlife management…it’s all there! I recommend looking at our website for a more in-depth list of the potential careers in this field.

If you’re passionate about the environment, there are a copious opportunities to turn your passion into a viable career!