A recent study by The Brookings Institution and the Pew Center for the States, and published by the Economic Policy Institute, revealed some interesting employment trends about green jobs. Two of these findings showed that greener industries grow faster than the overall economy and states with more green jobs have fared better in this economy. With this recent study, we wanted to take a look at recent hiring demand for green jobs to see if they are growing and where they are most in-demand.
In September, there were about 92,000 job ads available online for "green" positions at any level. This is a slight decline from the four-year high in March 2012, but still well above pre-recession hiring demand.
Hiring Demand for Green Jobs – 4 Year Trend
What are the most demanded green jobs? Below are the 15 most commonly advertised jobs that are classified as "green". Engineering and HVAC jobs have appeared in the past. Truck Drivers and Drivers, however, are appearing for the first time as one of the most commonly advertised "green" job titles. (You can see past commonly advertised job titles in our post, "Is It Easy Being Green?")
- Electrical Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Truck Driver
- Manufacturing Engineer
- HVAC Technician
- Civil Engineer
- Senior Electrical Engineer
- Environmental Engineer
- HVAC Service Technician
- Project Manager
- Maintenance Supervisor
- Structural Engineer
Some of the locations with the most current "green" job postings are Houston, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Houston leads the US with more than 1,700 "green" jobs currently being advertised online.
Overall recruiting conditions vary greatly by location. Some of the locations that are likely to find "green" jobs hardest to fill are Muncie (Indiana), Bowling Green (Kentucky), and Lawrence (Kansas). On the other hand, locations with the least difficulties are Dalton (Georgia), Sebastian (Florida), and Anderson (South Carolina). Below is a map of Hiring Scales for "green" jobs in major metropolitan areas. As you can see from the different shades, recruiting conditions will depend on each locations available talent supply and hiring demand.
Hiring Scale for Green Jobs in US Metropolitan Areas
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