“Rather than creating job-training pipelines that put these kids at the back of the line for the last century’s pollution-based jobs, we need to be creating opportunities for them to be at the front of the line for the new clean and green jobs.”-Van Jones
With a rise in green government initiatives, the demand for a green collar workforce is expected to rise. Here is a description of three green dream jobs worth considering for the eco-minded employee.
3 Green Dream Jobs
1. Energy Auditor
An energy auditor performs inspections to determine whether a home or building uses energy efficiently. During an evaluation, an energy auditor measures a building’s consumption of energy, tracks heating and cooling losses, and checks the efficiency of a building’s HVAC system. After an energy audit, this professional suggests things that will make the home or building more energy efficient. The demand in the field is growing, and over a dozen states require an energy audit before a home is sold. Energy auditor training is available in home study modules and can take as little as a few weeks to complete. According to MatchCollege.com, the average annual salary of an energy auditor is $58,257.
2. Photovoltaic Designer & Installer
A photovoltaic designer and installer develops and installs solar energy systems for homes or businesses. A solar energy system can be “off the grid” as a self-sustaining system, or it may supplement the energy obtained from a utility company. Photovoltaic training is available at learning centers and through distance learning courses. According to California Occupational Guides, a photovoltaic designer and installer makes between $24,000 and $45,000 per year.
3. LEED Green Associate
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED provides building operators and owners with a set of guidelines that measure a green building’s design, construction, operations, and maintenance. A LEED Green Associate is the entry level professional credential in green building and design. LEED certification can take up to 60 days to complete. According to SimplyHired.com, the average yearly salary for a LEED Green Associate is $64,000.
This article was originally published as a blog post at www.AsanteGeorge.com entitled 3 Green Dream Jobs
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