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Occupations
This information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network (O*NET) report, the Greening of the World of Work.

Green Career Categories
Higher Demand Occupations = Higher Demand Occupations
These occupations already exist but are expanding due to increased demand for green goods and services. See a List

Changing Skill Occupations = Changing Skill Occupations 
These occupations already exist but their skill requirements are changing in response to green trends. See a List 

New Green Occupations = New Green Occupations
These occupations are brand new and emerging due to green trends. See a List
  
  

What are Green Careers: Higher Demand Green Occupations

Higher Demand Occupations Higher Demand Green Occupations have duties that aren’t changing, but the occupations themselves will probably grow because of the increased demand for green goods and services.

OccupationDescription
 
Agricultural InspectorsInspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.
Architectural DraftersPrepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.
BoilermakersConstruct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.
Bus Drivers, Transit and IntercityDrive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.
Cement Masons and Concrete FinishersSmooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. Align forms for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters; patch voids; use saws to cut expansion joints.
Chemical EngineersDesign chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Chemical Equipment Operators and TendersOperate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels.
Chemical Plant and System OperatorsControl or operate an entire chemical process or system of machines.
Chemical TechniciansConduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for purposes, such as research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.
ChemistsConduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or chemical experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.
Commercial and Industrial DesignersDevelop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Computer Software Engineers, Systems SoftwareResearch, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and PlasticOperate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.
Construction CarpentersConstruct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.
Customer Service RepresentativesInteract with customers to provide information in response to inquiries about products and services and to handle and resolve complaints.
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and PlasticSet up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and AmbulanceSchedule and dispatch workers, work crews, equipment, or service vehicles for conveyance of materials, freight, or passengers, or for normal installation, service, or emergency repairs rendered outside the place of business. Duties may include using radio, telephone, or computer to transmit assignments and compiling statistics and reports on work progress.
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and PlasticSet up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.
Electrical and Electronic Equipment AssemblersAssemble or modify electrical or electronic equipment, such as computers, test equipment telemetering systems, electric motors, and batteries.
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial EquipmentRepair, test, adjust, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.
Electrical Power-Line Installers and RepairersInstall or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
ElectriciansInstall, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
Electronics Engineering TechniciansLay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.
Engine and Other Machine AssemblersConstruct, assemble, or rebuild machines, such as engines, turbines, and similar equipment used in such industries as construction, extraction, textiles, and paper manufacturing.
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including HealthConduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Utilizing knowledge of various scientific disciplines may collect, synthesize, study, report, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Farm and Home Management AdvisorsAdvise, instruct, and assist individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home economics activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to solve problems; instruct and train in product development, sales, and the utilization of machinery and equipment to promote general welfare. Includes county agricultural agents, feed and farm management advisers, home economists, and extension service advisors.
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural WorkersDirectly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop or horticultural workers.
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Logging WorkersDirectly supervise and coordinate activities of logging workers.
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and RepairersSupervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating WorkersSupervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators.
Fish and Game WardensPatrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.
Forest and Conservation TechniciansCompile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under direction of foresters; train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats, and help provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.
Forest and Conservation WorkersUnder supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect forest, forested areas, and woodlands through such activities as raising and transporting tree seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to trees; and building erosion and water control structures and leaching of forest soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.
Helpers--CarpentersHelp carpenters by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.
Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair WorkersHelp installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties, such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.
HydrologistsResearch the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.
Industrial EngineersDesign, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.
Industrial Machinery MechanicsTest, adjust, and balance HVAC systems so they perform as designed.
Industrial Production ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Industrial Safety and Health EngineersPlan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.
Industrial Truck and Tractor OperatorsOperate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and WallLine and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, HandManually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other unskilled general labor. Includes all unskilled manual laborers not elsewhere classified.
Locomotive EngineersMonitor locomotive instruments and watch for dragging equipment, obstacles on rights-of-way, and train signals during run. Watch for and relay traffic signals from yard workers to yard engineer in railroad yard.
Materials ScientistsResearch and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and manmade materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications.
MillwrightsInstall, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and TendersSet up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.
Natural Sciences ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Occupational Health and Safety SpecialistsReview, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector.
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment OperatorsOperate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.
Power Distributors and DispatchersCoordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.
Production, Planning, and Expediting ClerksCoordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.
Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm ProductsPurchase farm products either for further processing or resale.
Railroad Conductors and YardmastersConductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight train. Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within yard of railroad, industrial plant, or similar location. Yardmasters coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains, yard switching, and review train schedules and switching orders.
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment OperatorsLay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and road bed tamping machine operators.
Refrigeration Mechanics and InstallersInstall and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
Rough CarpentersBuild rough wooden structures, such as concrete forms, scaffolds, tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports, billboard signs, and temporary frame shelters, according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions.
Solderers and BrazersBraze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.
Stationary Engineers and Boiler OperatorsOperate or maintain stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes. Operate equipment, such as steam engines, generators, motors, turbines, and steam boilers.
Structural Iron and Steel WorkersRaise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
Structural Metal Fabricators and FittersFabricate, lay out, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.
Team AssemblersWork as part of a team having responsibility for assembling an entire product or component of a product. Team assemblers can perform all tasks conducted by the team in the assembly process and rotate through all or most of them rather than being assigned to a specific task on a permanent basis. May participate in making management decisions affecting the work. Team leaders who work as part of the team should be included.
Welders, Cutters, and Welder FittersUse hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
Zoologists and Wildlife BiologistsStudy the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management, including the collection and analysis of biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water areas.


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