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Guide to Green Industry Jobs

By Susan P. Joyce

A myriad of new career avenues are opening for both new grads and more experienced professionals in most, if not all, industries.

And opportunities are blossoming for "the trades" as well, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, taxi drivers, landscapers, farmers, and more.

In the end, we will probably all have a "green" aspect to our jobs and our lives. This is both an opportunity and a concern. Staying uninformed is not an option if you plan to have a long-term income stream.

So, take the positive approach, and seize this auspicious time. Expand your job-search scope, and explore the promising green collar career arena:

  • Develop your environmental value system: how do you want to live from now on?
  • Review your resume and define your career trajectory: what direction do you want to take in your work life?
  • Research the green job world, using the resources here at Job Hunt and on other sustainable-business sites: what opportunities exist that mesh with your experience and values? Can you create your own niche and offer a unique product or service to meet a need in the green economy?

You can’t invent a "green conscience," but if you start in your own community, and learn how your values parallel those of people who are working for a safer, cleaner world, then your personal growth and career may both benefit from turning onto the greener path.

About the author...

Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2012, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.