by Nancy J. MillerWhat is a “green” career? Can any job be green, or are there designated “green jobs?” The White House has a definition for “green jobs” as does each individual state writing definitions and principles. Do we have a clear definition of what a green job is? The answer is no. From federal to state governments to individual businesses and markets, we are growing greener in our workplaces and our mindset.As Carol McClelland, PhD, of Green Career Central says of the green economy:
- It’s evolving, ever-evolving.
- It’s advancing at different rates in different industries.
You can have a “green career” without having a green job. You can support green living wherever you work. You can create a business that helps eliminate waste and preserve the environment. You can train and educate people on what is green. A green career starts with living and working greener.
The next step is to find a job, business, or career that supports your green philosophy. Specific jobs are considered “green,” and some of these are supported by government incentives, such as money the government pumped into the economy to stimulate it after the 2008 meltdown. [Editor’s note: To find out more about these so-called stimulus jobs, see our article, Getting a Job in a Down — But Stimulated — Economy.]Myriad other jobs support a “green” economy. The more consumers do to save energy, recycle waste, buy recycled and biodegradable products, shop locally, grow their own vegetables, and use shared transportation, the more green jobs we will find in the workplace. Job-seekers may have a hard time finding a “green job” in their industry with the pay scale they are looking for. Individuals who are passionate about keeping the environment cleaner and living healthy may need to propose and create their own jobs.See our related article, It’s Green at the Top and at the Bottom: A Brief Comparison of Green-Related Skills Needs From the Senior-Executive Level to the Entry Level .
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker’s Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms. This article is part of Job Action Day.
Nancy J. Miller, M.S., is a Personal/Career Coach and author of the book, Fire Up Your Profile for Lifework Success. Through coaching, classes, and workshops Nancy inspires entrepreneurs, career changers, and writers to discover innovative ways to find meaningful work in harmony with their values, lifestyle, and abilities. Visit Nancy’s Website, and connect with her on Linkedin. She can be reached at clwd(at)tealpublishing.com.