This report summarizes the recent research to investigate the impact of green economy activities and technologies on occupational requirements in an effort to determine their impact on current O*NET-SOC occupations and to identify new and emerging (N&E) occupations that may be considered as potential candidates for inclusion in the O*NET-SOC system. The report is organized in three sections. Section I describes the occupational implications of the green economy and its associated activities and technologies. Section II focuses on important occupational staffing implications within different sectors of the green economy. Section III describes the methodology and results of this research, including identification of current O*NET-SOC occupations impacted by the green economy and specific green economy N&E occupational candidates.
This report,'The Missouri Green Jobs Report, was produced by the Missouri Economic Research & Information Center. The report, based on a survey of state businesses, found that green jobs accounted for nearly five percent of Missouri’s total employment or about 131,000 job positions are part of the green economy sectors. The survey’s findings were based on Missouri’s definition of green jobs as those directly involved in generating or supporting a firm’s green-related products or services. The state’s green economy is defined as being comprised of industries that provide green products or services in six areas: Energy, Manufacturing, Building, Farming, Salvage/Remediation, and Government.
This is a brief scan of the manufacturing sector.
Dixie Sommers from BLS presented the BLS Green Jobs Initiative and discussed the Federal Register Notice, www.bls.gov/green.
This is from the O*NET Plenary Session: Greening the World of Work. Dave Rivkin and Phil Lewis from the O*NET Center presented the information.
Greg Morgan, Economic Analyst, Washington State Employment Security Department; June Shelp, Vice President, The Conference Board; George Werking, Senior Advisor, The Conference Board; and Bob Wilson, President of R. M. Wilson Consulting, Inc. - How many green jobs are there in my State? Are there different shades of ‘green’? Which employers, occupations, industries, and areas within my State show the most green job activity? Current published studies suggest that between 1% and 3% (depending on the strictness of the definition) of the jobs in the economy are some shade of ‘green’; but identifying this small percentage of ads from within much larger volumes of non-green opportunities has been a daunting challenge … until now. Full detailed counts of green jobs are now for States from The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) economic data series. Tools developed by The Conference Board, Wanted Technologies, and R.M. Wilson Consulting have now transformed the unstructured real-time on-line job ads into useful economic information that not only helps describe the ‘green’ economy of today but also shows the important trend changes over time. Join us for a profile of the types of detailed green jobs data now available for each State from the new monthly HWOL “Green Jobs” data series and for a demonstration of the O*NET-SOC AutoCoder’s new Green Job Extractor software … and prepare to have your ‘green’ questions answered.
Charlie Johnson, Green Jobs Economist, Oregon Employment Department and Shalee Hodgson, Community College Education and Workforce Specialist, Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development Oregon’s Career Pathways Initiative transforms the state’s education system to focus on helping Oregonians attain degrees, certificates, and credentials that lead to demand occupations, increased wage gain, and lifelong learning. Oregon is identifying and mapping career paths and skill progressions that show green jobs from entry-level positions through progressive job advancement opportunities. Each of the five statewide pathways being developed will identify industry and occupational specific competencies for green jobs. Certificates will be developed where appropriate, enabling students to show evidence of technical skill proficiency to help qualify for a job or enhance employment opportunities. Oregon’s green career pathways are being developed to show education and training opportunities at all 17 of the state’s community colleges in a unified and interchangeable manner, a very different approach than the “one pathway at one college” system used for all previous pathways in the state.
The Solar Energy Industries Association released an independent study projecting the positive economic impact of the U.S. Department of Treasury Grant Program and the Solar Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit. The study found that extending the TGP by two years and including solar manufacturing in the industry’s existing tax credit would add 200,000 new domestic jobs to the solar workforce and supporting industries in the U.S. Additionally, it would result in 10 gigawatts (GW) of new solar installations by 2016 -- enough to power 2 million homes.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) published the "Energy Efficiency Services Sector: Workforce Education and Training Needs”. The report examines the workforce needs of the energy efficiency services sector, and finds that the speed with which employment will grow will depend in part on how effectively the nation deploys training and education programs for the energy efficiency workforce. Berkeley Lab researchers decided to examine whether education and training programs were adequate to meet the workforce needs of the next ten years. The study began in 2008, before the passage of the Recovery Act. The report defines an energy efficiency services sector (EESS) that consists of several distinct types of occupations. They include: * Program administrators who plan and manage energy efficiency projects and programs; * Energy efficiency consulting firms who assess facility energy use and recommend efficiency retrofits, implement energy efficiency programs, or who design homes and facilities to be energy-efficient; * Construction and installation firms and tradespeople who build new, or retrofit existing homes and buildings for energy efficiency; and Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) who develop and construct comprehensive energy efficiency projects, and monitor and verify that energy efficiency retrofits deliver energy savings. The report was funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Permitting, Siting and Analysis.
The Green Jobs Guidebook is a resource on California’s current and growing green jobs marketplace. The Guidebook lists green jobs throughout California and includes profiles of over 200 occupations. Additional information includes job descriptions, salaries, educational requirements, certifications, employers, market growth potential, job training and placement programs, and apprenticeship programs.
This is a link to presentations from a workshop given at the "Good Jobs, Green Jobs" National Conference in Washington, DC, in February 2009. Building a green country requires building a skilled workforce. What does that look like in practice? Developing skills standards for green-collar jobs will benefit workers, employers and consumers alike. For workers, a credential provides mobility and bargaining power, and thus higher wages, in the labor market. For employers, it provides assurance that job applicants meet necessary skill standards. And for consumers, it provides critical information for contracting decisions. This panel addresses successes and challenges for certification and training in the emerging clean-energy economy, where most workers will need more than a high-school diploma, but less than a 4-year degree. Moderator: Sarah White, Senior Associate, Center on Wisconsin Strategy Speakers: Marcy Drummond, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) Alan Hardcastle, Senior Research Associate, Washington State University Tom Gannon, Manfucturing Field Specialist, Working for America Institute Jane Weissman, Executive Director, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (NY)
This report, The Greening of Oregon’s Workforce: Jobs, Wages, and Training, produced by the Oregon Employment Department, shows that the state had an estimated 51,402 green jobs in 2008. The report, based on a survey of employers, found that green jobs accounted for three percent of Oregon’s private, state government, and local government employment. Green jobs were reported in all broad industry groups and were spread across 226 occupations. The survey defines a green job as one that provides a service or produces a product in:
As the United States embarks on its journey toward a clean energy economy, the buzz about the promise of “green jobs” has gained momentum among politicians, media, community organizers, educators, and workforce development stakeholders. A new brief from the Heldrich Center, identifies the types of jobs and skills that will be in demand in this green future and the factors that are driving the new energy economy and the growth of its workforce. The brief also considers strategies for building competitive, flexible workforce systems that can respond to emerging employer needs and highlights best practices occurring around the nation.
The Workforce Information Council (WIC) recently released the final report of its Green Jobs Study Group. The report is the first of its kind in providing key insights into green jobs definitions and analysis from various agency leaders who have already designed and executed studies to assess the green economy at the state level. As such, it is an immense resource for individuals working in labor market information, economic development, and applied research. There is, however, no single accepted definition for a green job, or an agreed-upon manner to analyze the green economy. This report details the thought process behind key green economy studies conducted at the state level, and lessons learned in how this ill-defined area of the economy is best studied. Key discussion items from the report include: • Before engaging in an analysis of the green economy, it is important to know what it is that you are trying to show in the study. Various state reports tackle the topic in different ways based upon the unique strengths and policy implications present. • Defining the terms of what entails a green job or green economic activity is not easy. States have defined the concepts in various ways. The report illustrates different definitions and provides guidance on how to establish definitions useful for measurement. • The survey method is common to quantify the green economy. The report provides guidance for an effective survey-based study, from the initial planning through the dissemination of the final report. • Depending on the purpose of the study, states are also using analytical and qualitative methods. Using data currently available and interview methods, states have compiled reports. Others, namely Michigan, have combined these methods with a survey in its analysis. • Areas for further development and an action plan for how to move forward with capturing green economy data in LMI are discussed.
The Apollo Alliance and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce have teamed up to identify components of Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin's workforce development infrastructure that can be better integrated and scaled up to help fill jobs in the clean energy sector. The reports, Mapping Green Career Pathways: Job Training Opportunities and Infrastructure, recommend strengthening existing training infrastructures to build workers’ skills to fill green-collar jobs that are being created in the construction and manufacturing sectors, which are projected to account for 55 percent of all new jobs in the emerging renewable energy and efficiency industries. According to the reports, many of the elements of a green training infrastructure already exist in each state, but there are still gaps along the green career pathway that must be filled through stronger, more integrated training programs.
In a Federal Register Notice on March 16, 2010 (75 FR 12571), BLS solicited comments on the definition BLS will use in measuring green jobs, the list of industries where green goods or services are classified, or any other aspect of the information provided in the notice. The current notice summarizes the comments received and the BLS response to the comments, and provides the final BLS definition of green jobs for use in data collection.
The task lists for 138 O*NET green occupations have been updated to reflect the impact of the green economy. A total of 1,369 green task statements are now available for the O*NET green enhanced skills occupations and green new and emerging (N&E) occupations. A summary report describing this task development and a downloadable file containing these occupations' task lists are available in the O*NET Resource Center's "Research and Technical Reports" section.
Victor Nazario is a New York City building superintendent who graduated from the 32BJ Training Fund’s 1,000 Green Supers program. Click here to learn about Victor’s path to a green job.