Green-collar jobs are expected to grow rapidly over the next several years –at a rate of 1.3 million jobs per year through 2030, to be exact. More and more of today’s job seekers are seeking out employment with environmentally conscious businesses. Needless to say, it’s smart to start thinking about making your business more green, if you’re not doing so already.
CareerBuilder has launched GoingGreenJobs.com, a site that allows employers the ability to post their environmentally focused, or green, positions and connect with environmentally conscious job seekers. Whether you are an employer with a specific green-collar job or a company with sustainable business practices, you can find candidates at all skill levels across many different industries seeking a green job or company.
GoingGreenJobs for employers
Employers may post both full-time and part-time jobs by skill sets, enhanced green job titles and categories, and geographic location. Popular searches thus far include “sustainable jobs,” “alternative energy jobs,” “carbon capture,” “wind power jobs,” “biofuel” and “energy efficiency.”
The site also includes environmentally focused articles, links to the latest news from the U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and a list of popular green companies.
Green jobs and the economy
Earlier this year the Obama administration marked more than $98 billion of the economic stimulus bill for energy and environmental projects; many of these projects will encourage the creation of green jobs. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, green jobs growth outpaced other job classifications by nearly 250 percent over the last decade, growing 9.1 percent between 1998 and 2007, versus 3.7 percent for the overall job market.
Additionally, the Chicago-based outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Grey and Christmas predicts that job growth in environment, ecology and alternative energy sectors will “fuel significant growth and job creation over the next decade.”
The focus on green jobs continues to increase year over year as job seekers look for more environmentally conscious career paths and employers make changes to protect the environment,” said Jason Ferrara, vice president of corporate marketing at CareerBuilder. “One-in-ten employers say they have added green jobs in the last 12 months. Goinggreenjobs.com will enable employers the ability to specifically target their environmentally friendly positions to an audience that is actively seeking employment in the green field.
How job seekers can use the site
- Job seekers can use GoingGreenJobs.com to find information on green job fairs and events, determine average salaries with a green jobs calculator, explore various industries, and keep up with the latest in green news and job opportunities.
- Job seekers will also be able to post up to five different versions of their resume to increase their visibility to potential employers in a variety of environmental areas.Read the full press release here.