Black may reign supreme in the world of high fashion, but in many industries green is the hottest hue. With the masses adopting the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” worries mounting over global warming, and increased demand for chemical-free foods, companies are taking notice. And, for anyone coveting a green career, this is good news. If you have your heart set on a career dedicated to protecting the environment, here are a few viable options.
Sustainable Construction Coordinator
Do you have an interest in construction and a desire to create buildings that are environmentally-friendly throughout their life cycle? This may be the ideal career path for you to follow.
By securing a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and becoming well-trained in LEED, you can greatly reduce our carbon footprints by creating homes and offices that are built with renewable resources, use less energy, and create little waste. Thankfully, there are a myriad of online courses that support green building that you can choose from.
If you’ve always envisioned yourself in the courtroom fighting for justice, but also have a passion for protecting planet earth, there is good news. Environmental law is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the legal field, and a very well-paying green career.
According to TheRichest.com’s “5 Top-Paying Green-Collar Jobs,” the mean annual salary for an Environmental Lawyer is $113,530 and with many avenues to pursue at the local, state, national, and international levels, this career will never hit a dead end.
If you are a born scientist with a conscience for conservation, you may enjoy being an Environmental Scientist. Environmental Scientists measure the impact that human activity has on wildlife, plant life, air quality, water, and other natural resources. Conservation Scientists strive to learn how we can best manage our natural resources. Both can prove to be rewarding careers for the green-at-heart.
With consumers increasingly demanding locally-sourced fresh produce, the need for urban growers and food producers has never been greater. National Geographic‘s “11 of the Fastest Growing Green Jobs,” touts the urban grower as a sought-after defender of the environment due to their ability to minimize the use of pesticides, fossil fuels, and other resources to grow and transport food to market from larger commercial farms. If you long to use your green thumb while reducing your carbon footprint, this may be the perfect job for you.
Solar Energy Engineer
If you have a Degree in Engineering, you may enjoy harnessing the sun’s power to solve the planet’s energy woes. Responsible for designing, constructing, monitoring, and maintaining solar power systems, this career will never grow dull. And, as Bloomberg reports, with a median annual pay of $65,400, you will be amply rewarded as well.
Electric Car Mechanic
If you are mechanically inclined, love cars, and long to work in a cutting-edge industry with an environmentally-conscious attitude, you may love repairing and maintaining electric cars. With the required training available at several trade and technical schools, you can receive certification in a relatively short period of time and embark on your dream career right away.
If you are an environmentally-responsible jobseeker, now is the time to secure your dream green job. Not only will you help make the world a little greener, but you’ll add some serious green to your bank account too.
What is your dream green job? Why?