Green collars, the new sustainable jobs
With the current environmental crisis and all the means deployed to find new solutions, lifestyle alternatives and cleaner energies, there’s no doubt the investments made in green energies, like hydrogen, will become a major generator of jobs. As hydrogen starts to gain more recognition and becomes increasingly important as an alternative power solution for the 21st century, new transport and infrastructure technologies will have to be designed around its possible uses and properties.
This new tendency of opting for cleaner alternatives led to the creation of a brand-new type of jobs on the market: the green collar jobs.
A green collar job isn’t just a job about renewable energy. In fact, green collar jobs are defined as any employment belonging in the environmental sectors of the economy. Basically, these careers are actively increasing the national income all whilst reducing carbon emissions.
Unlike what many could think, green-collar workers can be found everywhere: corporations, non-profit organizations, small and medium enterprises ect. It’s also good to know that the portion of green collar workers in the global workforce has grown from 9.6% in 2015 to 13.3% so far in 2022, which is really promising. The reason of this change? Companies are consistently trying to reduce their carbon footprint and use renewable resources to create a positive impact on the environment.
This quick development led green-collar employees, like sustainability managers and energy consultants, to be in huge demand. This new market is full of growth opportunities and over 300 million green-collar jobs are expected to emerge by 2050! The current workforce isn’t necessarily equipped with the skills required to make this transition, luckily, green-collar jobs tend to offer more on-the-job training and resources to draw more candidates. Additionally, rather than completely re-training employees or hiring new ones, companies are also focusing on upskilling workers to reduce costs. Skills related to sciences, architecture and planning, system design skills and green engineering or tech skills are especially valuable!
In a 2021 Pew Research, 71% of millennials and 67% of Gen Z said that climate change should be the top government priority today. More and more people believe that taking real actions is the only way to ensure a sustainable future. With the current climate of work and the rise of a new working generation, 9 of 10 workers would be willing to earn a little less if they got to do more meaningful work according to a Harvard University survey. Therefore, green-collar jobs are thriving as they appeal to a workforce that is eager to make an impact and catalyze change.
Harvard Business Review
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