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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

Education and Training
This information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Click on the link next to an occupation to view long-term or short-term training options in your area for that occupation.

A certification is issued by an external organization to show that a person has attained a certain level of skill in a particular area. Some employers require certifications in certain occupations. Click on the check mark next to an occupation to learn about certifications in that occupation.

Some occupations require licenses. License requirements vary by state. Click on the check mark to find out if your state requires a license for that occupation.


Explore Green Careers

Find more than 200 green careers in these twelve sectors below.

Click on any of the links below to see a list of occupations in that sector.

Renewable Energy Generation. Includes careers related to developing and using energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. This sector also includes traditional, non-renewable sources of energy undergoing significant green technological changes (e.g., oil, coal, gas, and nuclear).

Transportation. Includes careers related to increasing efficiency and/or reducing environmental impact of various modes of transportation including trucking, mass transit, freight rail, and so forth.

Energy Efficiency. Includes careers related to increasing energy efficiency (broadly defined), making energy demand response more effective, constructing “smart grids,” and so forth.

Green Construction. Includes careers related to constructing new green buildings, retrofitting residential and commercial buildings, and installing other green construction technology.

Energy Trading. Includes careers related to buying and selling energy as an economic commodity, as well as carbon trading projects.

Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage. Includes careers related to capturing and storing energy and/or carbon emissions, as well as technologies related to power plants using the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technique.

Research, Design, and Consulting Services. This sector encompasses “indirect jobs” to the green economy which includes activities such as energy consulting or research and other related business services.

Environment Protection. Includes careers related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.

Agriculture and Forestry. Includes careers related to using natural pesticides, efficient land management or farming, and aquaculture.

Manufacturing. Includes careers related to industrial manufacturing of green technology as well as energy efficient manufacturing processes.

Recycling and Waste Reduction. Includes careers related to solid waste and wastewater management, treatment, and reduction, as well as processing recyclable materials.

Governmental and Regulatory Administration. Includes careers by public and private organizations associated with conservation and pollution prevention, regulation enforcement, and policy analysis and advocacy.