The Environmental News Network recently alerted me to a report by fastcompany.com on the 10 best green jobs for the next decade. Whether it’s truly reputable or not, I don’t know, but I do know that it’s an interesting list that doesn’t inlcude (gasp!) architects, engineers, contractors or developers.
Here’s the apparent top 10 green jobs, in ENN’s words:
#1– Farmer. The average age of the American farmer is nearing retirement age. A new generation of small-scale, local growers is needed.
#2– Forester. The field has growing international significance as programs aim to finance, conserve and develop forests in developing nations.
#3– Solar Power Installer. The Solar Energy Industries Association predicts an increase to over 110,000 good-paying jobs by 2016 and maybe more if anticipated tax credits are accelerated.
#4– Energy Efficiency Builder. Obama’s pledge to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings and homes could create almost a million jobs.
#5– Wind Turbine Fabricator. The wind industry reportedly added 10,000 new jobs in 2007 and it is the fastes growing source of alternative energy.
#6– Conservation Biologist. For the academically minded, this field is beginning to grow as awareness grows about the value of the planet’s ecosystems.
#7– Green MBA and Entrepreneur. More and more, companies are beginning to understand that the values of sustainability are about survival, not just good press.
#8– Recycler. Although the industry is currently in a downturn. Recycling is still more cost effective than waste disposal, and supportive regulations continue to increase.
#9– Sustainability Systems Developer. These are the high-tech positions. Essentially computer information systems (CIS) designed for support energy efficiency and alternative energy supply.
#10– Urban Planner. Large infrastructure changes are needed to transition to less carbon intensive lifestyles and to prepare for climate change.
What do you think, did they get it right?