According to the publication Occupational Outlook, research shows the scope of America’s jobs changing significantly over the next decade. An aging population means we can expect more work in professional services including accounting, estate planning and wealth management , and a changing world is driving a demand for clean energy.
While utilities companies will improve their use of technology, requiring fewer workers, these companies will need more knowledgeable workers to develop their technology (think anything computers) and skilled professionals to physically design and build and install green improvements. If your expertise is in computers, architecture or engineering, it is time to green-up your toolbox. If you are talented in construction, your skills will be in high demand.
Other jobs gaining traction as a result of growing awareness of the environment include ecotourism, agriculture, research, alternative energy product development and even bicycle repair.
Finding green jobs may require some effort. Many companies focusing on renewable energy are start-ups or relatively young companies. They may not have the financial or staffing resources to advertise their positions on traditional job boards. Networking into the renewable energy community is a good place to start. Pay attention, too, to companies winning awards for their efforts in renewable energy. These are the organizations that will be successful – and hiring – down the road.
President Obama wants every American to go back to school. Financial Aid packages have improved, and many people have the time on their hands to do this right now. But those who cannot fit formal education into the picture right now should find other ways to align their skills with the jobs that are on the horizon.