The need for green-oriented jobs is increasing, but institutions have not set up full training programs.
Initiatives such as the Paris Agreement are changing global priorities and it is normal to expect jobs to shift significantly in the coming decades. Workers need to build green infrastructure. Architects must reinvent old buildings to optimize for efficiency. Companies need to redistribute jobs that currently rely on fossil fuels.
These all sound like grandiose initiatives, but these jobs are opening up at an unprecedented rate — some say too fast to keep up. What will this shift in the workforce mean for the planet and how do we fill vacancies?
The need for green-oriented jobs is increasing, but institutions have not set up full training programs. Green skills should be made more widely available to people who want an education.
As LinkedIn published in their Global Green Skills Report for 2022, while there was an 8% increase in green vacancies, there was only a 6% increase in available green talent. If these numbers don’t match quickly, progress may not meet expectations.
The report also revealed which industries are becoming more mainstream, highlighting the gaps in neglected sectors. Sustainable fashion for pollution prevention and oil disaster response for environmental remediation are emerging.
But job sectors most needed by workers are education, construction, public safety, and several others.
While many sectors are on the rise, the number of people taking on the rest of the green jobs is still too low. Therefore, education systems must offer students more opportunities.
Organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Agriculture (DOA), and local and state governments place some of the most wanted jobs for the green future. Schools can create programs based on:
- Alternative energy installation, such as wind and sun
- Environmental Scientists and Technical Technicians
- Sustainable Agriculture and Food Scientists
- Foresters and Conservation Surveyors
Teaching for these jobs is necessary, but educational shifts also mean new skills and programs are needed. It will require adapting existing curricula, such as chemistry, to include greener subjects.
Take technique as an example. Without focusing on environmental issues, hybrid cars and modernized water treatment wouldn’t be as advanced as it is.
Energy audits are becoming commonplace
Climate-focused initiatives should prioritize creating new structures, such as wind farms, but they also require people to rethink the old ones. Consulting firms will thrive if they provide aspiring environmentalists with careers advising established organizations and families.
Energy-inefficient buildings currently house countless workers and families in dire need of upgrades. These are the main drivers behind these evaluations:
- Upgrading devices to eco-friendly alternatives
- Making buildings safer by reducing the presence of harmful chemicals and materials
- Reduce energy costs for businesses and families
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve overall carbon footprint
As fossil fuels such as coal decline in value, more building owners will need advice on transitioning to environmentally friendly energy sources. They need to know what is best for their location and expected use.
Every facility and home will see the immediate benefits on their electric bills as fossil fuel prices are likely to rise. Continued progress over the next decade is likely to increase operating costs for fossil fuel dependent businesses cost more than the alternatives. Therefore, if energy users rely on these sources, they can expect their prices to skyrocket.
Suppose communities collectively realize the impact of analyzing their greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. In that case, a mutual desire to improve arises. Transformations require motivated colleagues and families to reach out to governments, HOAs, local authorities and other influential bodies to raise awareness about the importance of analyzing our energy consumption.
Institutions like the United Nations, which backed the Paris Agreement, hold the world accountable for prioritizing the climate crisis. If companies continue to offer green jobs with high wages in large numbers, humanity is more likely to achieve its goal Earth health goals:
- Maintain long-term global temperatures
- Preserve natural bodies such as reservoirs and forests
- Expanding Climate Change Education and Public Awareness
- Collaboration in creating climate-safe technologies
- Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050
Working on climate change recovery will impact every aspect of humanity. Creating healthier soils means growing more food and reducing global hunger. Providing stable jobs in green industry will reduce poverty and boost economies on the micro and macro scale. Green jobs will continue to exist offer competitive wages compared to less environmentally friendly companies.
Hiring for these jobs directly affects progress in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Driving systemic change to meet workforce demands in environmental industries correlates positively with changes in global problems – even those not directly related to clean energy. Creating a greener planet will help achieve the UN’s goals of creating better health and wellness, clean water and sanitation, and stronger partnerships worldwide.
The jobs may be getting to workers faster than they can be hired. But with more education, citizen attention and government attention, the natural shifts will meet the needs. None of these initiatives is possible without the help of a well-trained and motivated workforce.
Jobs may be plentiful now, but a national shift in priorities will change other institutions such as education and energy.