Today is Earth Day. Many people are sharing tips about how you can increase the energy efficiency of your home in order to save money (and maybe get a tax credit). However, going green isn’t just about reducing your energy consumption. Indeed, you can actually become a participant in the green economy and make money off of being a little more friendly toward the planet. There are a number of jobs out there available to those who want to make a difference for Earth, while making a living.
Green Career Choices
Environmentally friendly jobs aren’t just in areas of alternative and renewable energy. While an increase of interest in these power sources will provide thousands of jobs (assembly, installation, development, etc.), there are other jobs expected to be available in the green economy. Many traditional industries are “going green.” Consider the travel industry: Eco-tourism is growing in popularity, as travelers look to visit rain forests, stay in sustainable hotels and see places unspoiled by high-end resorts. In the U.S., agri-tourism is starting to pick up as travelers tour organic wineries, visit artisan cheese-making operations and consider organic farming.
The travel industry isn’t the only sector finding an environmental twist; E: The Environmental Magazine, offers these other careers as options in a green economy:
- Land Planning and Use
- Health and Medicine: Complementary care with the help of herbal remedies in addition to traditional Western medicine.
- Environmental Law
- Green Education: Program coordinators, consultants, etc.
- Social Responsibility: Labor law, human resources, consultants for socially responsible and environmentally friendly practices.
- Green Construction and Building Design
Clearly, there are plenty of interesting options available if you are looking for green jobs. You can even find green jobs when you visit job boards such as Green Jobs, EnvironmentalCareer.com and the Treehugger Job Board. So, this Earth Day, do yourself a favor, and see if you can find a job in the green economy.