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Go green: New Jobs are Popping Up Everywhere!

Written By David D'Angelo on Thursday, August 6, 2009 | 8/06/2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's no secret that America is going green. Green jobs are popping up everywhere, whether it's the technician installing solar panels on a home, the scientist researching ways to build better batteries for electric cars, or the executive looking for ways to reduce waste, eliminate unnecessary packaging and cut costs.

Job growth in this area is expected to top 50% by 2016, nearly four times the job growth for all other occupations combined. And a number of Presidential initiatives, including billions in new investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy research are likely to accelerate that job growth. For obvious reasons, many of these positions are in the energy sector, and landing those jobs without some kind of industry-specific academic or business experience can be tough, but not impossible.

A few business schools offer specialized programs, but a better bet might be enrolling in a few courses in the engineering or earth sciences school. Perhaps you could even find an industry-specific internship. If nothing else, you will demonstrate an interest in the industry. While the recession has forced some companies to back off from their sustainability efforts, many others are continuing to invest.

Source: The Career News, Abridged: Business Week

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