Top 5 Blue (Green) Collar Jobs of the Year
By Tom Watt
Monster Contributing Writer
Go green or go home
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the green collar jobs. You know not white collar, not blue collar but green collar, jobs and professionals focused primarily on environmentally sound choices in industry, business, manufacturing, and tourism. Going green is a booming new business in itself creating thousands of new jobs each year. And if you think about it, as Al Gore has, what better way to rescue a failing economy then to reinvest, for instance, in greening our infrastructures from top to bottom: it’s a great way to create jobs and help the environment. In fact, much of the excitement of the green movement in general is located in the blue collar sector, especially construction, with third party overseers like LEEDS and other NGO’s and government initiatives for cleaner building leading the way. With all the buzz one things for sure the future looks greener for the hammer and helmet crowd.
Welcome to the blue- green collar world
You’ve heard of blue-green algae, well there’s a new blue green in town. The blue green collar workers. Construction professionals who are all about building cleaner, more energy efficient homes and buildings with less ecological footprints then there predecessors or operating cleaner more environmentally friendly machinery and transportation vehicles. So in spirit of the paradigm shift that is occurring in our mechanized and global societies here are Monsters top #5 blue-green collar jobs for the year and beyond!
#1 Solar Energy Installers
Solar energy is big. The use of photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into usable energy to power everything from the dishwasher to an entire office building is so cost effective and energy efficient that the demand for solar panel installation in homes and business across the country is on the rise. Also on the rise is the search for knowledgeable people who can install and do repair on solar panels. In The US today the average salary for Solar Energy Installers ranges between $33,000 to $50,000 a year.
#2 Wind Energy Technicians
Wind like the sun is a renewable energy source which is catching on all over the world. And Canada is no different. With new wind turbine developments popping up all over the country there will be a demand for wind energy technicians, or mechanics who can install, maintain and repair wind turbines, their propellers and engine systems. This job salary ranges from $35,000 to $60,000 a year.
#3 Green Roofers
The importance of green roofs in the urban environment cannot be overstated. They are essential in breaking up heat islands in heavily concreted cityscapes. They also combat C02 levels and create a pleasant and healthy alternative to tar and pitch roofs. A green roof consists of a rubber membrane, a root layer, a metal base, and an earth and vegetation layer. Because of its infancy, green roofs can be expensive, and mostly big companies have opted for their factory roofs to be green because they can afford to. But things are changing an a career in green roofing could net you anywhere from $45,000 to $150,000.
#4 Public Transit Drivers
Cities are ready to invest big in public transit; I even saw a bus which had a green roof on it. Some cities already have buses that run on electric or alternative fuel. The day of the single driver clogging up our cityscapes with smoke billowing from their exhaust repeated ad infinitum to the horizon should soon be over, and the more appealing metropolises make their transit systems the more they will be used. It’s safe to say that a job in the transit is system is not only green it’s guaranteed.
#5 Commercial Greenhouse worker and supervisor
Possibly the most exciting new green job out there has to do with one of the most promising developments in urban farming in recent years. LUFA a Montreal based greenhouse farming company has launched the first large scale, commercial roof top greenhouse in the world. Their rooftop gardens grow vegetables and fruits within the city and deliver them within the day of their harvesting and all for as little gas as $20 a day. And it’s not just Montreal the phenomenon of commercial rooftop greenhouse gardens are popping up all over the country and it is a trend that has legs to last. There are many jobs to choose from in this sector, from simple harvester to technicians, to supervisors. This field has lots of very positive implications and is my personal favorite for the top five blue green jobs of the future.