Green Jobs

As the economy is recovering, there is much talk about the potential for creating Green Jobs in the United States. O*NET Online defines the green economy as “economic activity related to reducing the use of fossil fuels, decreasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of energy usage, recycling materials, and developing and adopting renewable sources of energy.”

The US Department of Labor has identified 12 sectors and 81 occupations (broken into three categories based on the consequences of green economy activities and technologies on occupational performance: Green New & Emerging, Green Enhanced Skills and Green Increased Demand) that make up the green economy. Click here to learn more.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has defined green jobs as jobs that employ workers in producing or offering products or services that promote energy efficiency; contribute to the sustainable use of resources; prevent pollution; clean up the environment; and promote the reduction of harmful emissions. Green jobs fall into 3 categories (emerging, evolving, and traditional) within 5 green industry sectors. In total, Pennsylvania has identified 81 green occupations. To learn about these green occupations and industry sectors, click here to access the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis’s Green Jobs Report.

According to the Pennsylvania Green Jobs Report Survey, produced by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, there are an estimated 183,029 green jobs in Pennsylvania, and 11,739 are located in the Central Region. To learn more about the results of this green survey, how the Central Region compares to other areas, how green jobs are forecasted to change in the Central Region, click here to view the entire report.