green-jobs.jpgI love headlines like this:

“G.M to Hire 1,000.”

The best part is the jobs the auto giant is going to fill are green jobs. General Motors is looking to hire 1,000 engineers for its electric car division, the Chevy Volt.

When’s the last time you heard anyone mention a green job?

Yes, it’s been a while, even in CareerDiva. But today, it’s time to revisit the topic because green is where we’re seeing some serious job growth now thanks to government programs that were planted into the economy in 2009. And you all should think about getting in on the tree-hugger jobfest.

One key report from Booz Allen and the U.S. Green Building Council released last month found that millions of green jobs will be created from 2009 through 2013:

Despite a challenging economic outlook, green building will support 7.9 million U.S. jobs and pump $554 billion into the American economy – including $396 billion in wages – over the next four years (2009-2013). The study also determined that green construction spending currently supports more than 2 million American jobs and generates more than $100 billion in gross domestic product and wages.

Such job growth is permeating throughout a host of industries in this country as witnessed by GM’s decision to add 1,000 new jobs; and it may be time to start thinking about what your green job prospects could be.

There’s a lot of federal and local government training money out there you may be able to tap into.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included funds specifically for training a new green workforce.

Here’s a great story from a publication in Minnesota about two women that were able to take advantage of the billions of training dollars available. One was an out-of-work electrician, and the other just finished her master’s degree in ecological architecture and found most of the people in the field were being laid off.

Both women were tossed the same lifesaver: an offer by St. Paul nonprofit
WomenVenture to participate in a federally funded green jobs training program, Renewable Energy Network Empowering Workers.

RENEW, a $4 million project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is paying to train 500 low-income Minneapolis and St. Paul residents for jobs in construction, deconstruction, manufacturing, building systems maintenance and renewable energy. The program is administered jointly by the city of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program and Ramsey County Workforce Solutions.

To find out what opportunities might be out there go to the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration site; and also contact your local labor department or any job-assistant programs in your area. Your local library also has a wealth of job information.

It might be time to rethink green jobs, especially if you want to bring back the green in your wallet.

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