Are your Career Plans "Green" or "Sustainable"?
Understanding how our jobs can help create a greener and more sustainable future
Green and sustainability jobs don't just include occupations like solar panel designer or wind generator installer. In fact, green jobs, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are jobs "that produce goods or services that benefit the environment or use fewer natural resources". What this means is that any job where people are making decisions about what resources to consume -- from simple items like ordering office supplies to complex items like product development -- are green jobs.
Green jobs should be understood as a subset of sustainability jobs -- a concept that revolves around making smarter decisions so that our society can have healthy ecosystems, an improved quality of life, and vibrant economies. As such, sustainability jobs span all types of companies, non-profits and government entities, and encompass a very large realm of environmentally and socially responsible professional career pathways.
To obtain more quality information about green and sustainability career pathways and job openings, check out this resource
list that was obtained from the
National Career Development Association website that compiles over five dozen sources of information for use on college campuses across the country! Discover how your career path can have a green or sustainable impact by meeting with a career coach today so you can start articulating this to potential employers.
*Article adapted from a 12/1/13 online article from ncda.org