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Green Careers Bring Home the (Fake) Bacon

Posted Oct 28 2010 3:00pm

Looking For A Job In today's economy, the word "recession" may seem like a euphemism to the 30 million people out of work. As a result, saving the environment seems to have been demoded from being a priority for many Americans. But a new study from UC San Diego Extension revealed encouraging information about green careers in the U.S. 

The study, which surveyed 366 professionals of all ages throughout America who work in environment-related careers, showed that 43% of green jobs pay more than $75,000 per year. To put that in perspective, only about 27% of American households net an income higher than that, meaning that jobs in sustainability are relatively lucrative. Moreover, most respondents claimed that they'd recommend green jobs as great careers for their children. The full results are in the Oct. issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record .

The downside? Only 34% of those surveyed said they'd be hiring new professionals in the coming year, no doubt prompting many young people to ask: How do I start? Fear not, for a catch-22 this isn't. Green jobs are avalable; check national list-serves such as Green Jobs Network or Green Dream Jobs for openings.

--Ronny Smith

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