Green Jobs are Growing

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					Green Jobs are Growing
A combination of legislation and activism is inspiring companies to
consider the “green” side to their business.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows environmentally related occupations
are projected to grow 38 percent more than all other occupations
combined by 2016. The report, “Current and Potential Green Jobs in the
U.S. Economy,” predicts the highest growth of green jobs will be in
renewable power generation, retrofitting residential and commercial areas
and in renewable transportation fuels. As a result, universities are
increasingly integrating economic, environmental and social issues into
their curriculum.

One of these institutions, DeVry University, has created several green-
focused specializations to build on the school’s core degree programs –
including business administration with a specialization in sustainability
management, and electronics engineering technology with a specialization
in renewable energy .

“Education needs to reflect this trend for the future leaders who will build
economic and technological capital while considering the impact on social
and natural resources,” said Jesus Fernandez, associate provost for
curriculum at DeVry University. “DeVry University’s green curriculum adds
focus on sustainability and environmental impact to the core business and
electronics engineering technology degree programs.”

Fernandez offers three main growth areas:

Sustainability Management. An emerging area for leadership involves
resource conservation, pollution prevention and the regulation and
enforcement for process and procedure to be made more efficient and with
greater sustainability. Those interested in sustainability management
should explore coursework that provides a sound foundation of business
and management principles while emphasizing green considerations,
technologies and economic factors.

Renewable Energy. Relating to the production, transmission and storage
of sustainable energy sources – wind, solar, geothermal and biomass
power – many of the skills needed in engineering, design, planning or
project management for renewable sources of energy are similar to those
needed in traditional energy fields.

A strong engineering technology and electronics foundation, like DeVry
University’s Renewable Energy specialization, provides an emphasis on
alternative power sources and the economics of green engineering.

“Changing Skill” Occupations. With the increasing cultural shift toward
environmental stewardship, there is a substantial need for employees of all
levels to understand the green process. Students now have the opportunity
to add desirable green skills to their existing area of expertise – be it
marketing, operations, finance or management.
Green job growth won’t slow down anytime soon – it is currently outpacing
even total job growth. Between 1998 and 2007, U.S. green jobs increased
by 9.1 percent with little government investment – almost 150 percent
more than total job growth of 3.7 percent for the same period. Moving
forward, companies will require employees to understand “green,” and it
will be essential for graduates to prepare themselves for this changing
environment. Students interested in these exciting programs and careers
should visit www.devry.edu for more information.

				
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