With all the talk about green jobs, has anyone stopped to ask for a definition?
There's been a lot of talk about "green jobs" during the past few years, but what exactly is a green career?
Green jobs are those that have a direct or essential impact on a product, service, or process that results in environmental benefits.
A "direct or essential impact" means that the job duties are very closely related to the product, service, or process itself.
The second part of the definition means that the duties of that job must provide an "environmental benefit." This can come from a product, service, or process that:
Green job are found in most career clusters. Many are in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Architecture and Construction, Manufacturing, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) clusters.
Many green jobs in Minnesota are expected to have a lot of openings in the coming years. That means that employers want to hire people with the skills to do green jobs.
You can enter a green job with as little as a few weeks of training. Other green jobs require advanced degrees. Search for programs and apprenticeship programs that match your goals.