Green building careers
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Green careers at a glance
- 9.8 million jobs require green tasks (source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- The energy efficiency (EE) industry grew 1.7 times as fast as the national workforce 2016–2019 (source: USEER)
- 13% of current efficiency professionals are 55 and older (source: USEER)
- Entry-level wages in all sectors of EE jobs exceed the national average (source: USEER)
- 70% of organizations have permanently placed sustainability on their management agendas (source: MIT Sloan Management Review + Boston Consulting Group)
- 65% of businesses value environmental and sustainability knowledge in job candidates (source: National Environmental Education Foundation)
- 78% of businesses said environmental and sustainability knowledge would grow in importance as a hiring factor in the next five years (source: National Environmental Education Foundation)
- 71% of hiring decision-makers maintain that being credentialed increases competitiveness, based on a survey of LEED professionals
- 85% of credentialed professionals believe that their credential gives them a competitive edge in the job market, based on a survey of LEED professionals
Commitment from the Biden Administration
Upgrade 4 million buildings, weatherize 2 million homes over 4 years
Spur the construction of 1.5 million sustainable homes and housing units
Create jobs in skilled trades that reduce climate pollution and accelerate clean energy
Deliver 40% of the benefits of federal investments to disadvantaged communities
Action from the Federal Government
Congress proposes to invest nearly $3.5 billion over five years to scale up apprenticeship opportunities
Agencies promote greater diversity in apprenticeships and boost women’s participation
Support apprenticeship programs in underrepresented sectors, including green jobs, via grants
"The most rewarding part of the work is knowing that my projects help protect the environment by saving energy and water; containing state-of-the-art technologies that improve the comfort of building users; lowering the cost of building ownership; enhancing employee performance; helping local economies to create local green jobs by specifying products manufactured in this region, and lowering the cost of insurance because of improved indoor air quality, which reduces employee sick days."
– Belinda Morrow, President, 2M Design Consultants, Inc., Atlanta, GA
"It’s really rewarding to have a client tell their peers about the great job that you did in helping deliver a project that is a real asset – financially, environmentally and socially."
– Kim Shinn, Principal, TLC Engineering Solutions, Nashville, TN
"Demonstrate your passion and leadership in sustainability through your work, even if isn’t directly in your job description. I know several folks that have evolved their position to incorporate sustainability because of their hard work and dedication in the area."
– Tim Trefzer, Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Atlanta, GA
"The most rewarding aspect of my job is making a difference for our tenants. Not only does it simply feel like you have accomplished something and made their work/life a little bit easier, but every now and then a tenant will send a completely unprompted message of thanks."
– Chris Bowyer, Director of Building Operations, The Alliance Center, Denver, CO