Renewable energy news

by Teri Fritsma

Did you know that the field of renewable energy could add more than a million new jobs by the year 2025?  But what exactly is renewable energy? It’s a broad label that includes energy developed from sustainable sources, such as:


  • Wind
  • Solar (energy from the sun)
  • Geothermal (energy from the heat of the earth)
  • Hydropower (power derived from moving water)
  • Biomass (e.g., wood products or cow manure)
  • Hydrogen (an energy carrier that moves energy from one place to another)


The “renewable energy” label can also include new cleaner techniques in the more traditional forms of energy production, like gas, oil, or coal.  Growth in all these sectors is likely to create demand for both green and traditional workers. 


Interested in exploring opportunities in this area?  Stay tuned for ISEEK’s new section focused on careers in Energy.  The section will include careers in renewable as well as traditional energy fields.  It will debut in early July.

Get a Green Career: Part 2

by Teri Fritsma

You might think that green jobs all have exotic titles, like Energy Auditor or Carbon Credit Trader.  The fact is, though, most green jobs aren’t all that new or unusual.  In fact, you’ll probably be more likely to find green-related employment in a traditional occupation.


Last week’s post, Get a Green Career: Part 1, was the first in a 3-part series on green jobs.  As I mentioned, a newly-released O*NET report gives us some much-needed insight on how our economy is “greening,” and what this means for the current and future demand for green workers.  O*NET’s report lists occupations that are affected by these trends, and divides them into three categories: Green Enhanced Skills, Green Increased Demand, and New & Emerging Green occupations.  Part 1 of my series was on Green Enhanced Skills occupations; Part 3 will be on New & Emerging Green occupations — and today I’m focusing on Green Increased Demand.

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Can you find and apply for a green job?

by Teri Fritsma

Last week, I posted Get a Green Career, Part 1, about O*NET’s report on green occupations.  I’m working on Part 2 of this series (watch for it this week), but I got some good feedback that warrants a quick response.

A number of folks responded by saying, This is all well and good, but how can I actually apply for a green job?  Good question.  Right now, there aren’t any official national or local listings specifically for “green jobs.”  However, you might check out, which offers a searchable list of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) job openings.  (Note: this list includes only government jobs.)  Secondly, you can check out Minnesota’s official ARRA site, which is a clearinghouse of information on ARRA projects in Minnesota.  In the absence of an actual list of job openings, this could help you figure out where some of the ARRA or green employment opportunities will be likely to pop up.  (If you’re not a Minnesotan, find your own state’s official ARRA site here.  Finally, here’s a link to a national private green job board that’s one of the better ones I’ve seen.


Thanks for the questions, and good luck on your green job hunt!


Late update: here’s another great site to check out:  You’ll find links to green job boards as well as news and additional resources.  -tf

Hey, we’re famous!

by Teri Fritsma

Thanks to Atlanta Career Coach, who recognized in a recent blog post!  That post is worth checking out, by the way — and not just because it gives a nice shout-out to ISEEK.  


The author discusses an interesting and timely topic: hybrid careers.  What’s a hybrid career? you might be asking.  As the Atlanta Career Coach puts it, a hybrid career is “a composite of skills, strengths, interests, knowledge and responsibilities that crosses many traditional boundaries.”   Some examples include project managers, business analysts, researchers, scientists, and other highly-skilled occupations that have broadly-defined duties.  Specific tasks in these types of occupations can really vary from company to company.   Not only that, but if you’re working in a job like this, you’ll be expected to keep learning and gaining new skills and knowledge throughout your career.  In other words, the phrase “not in my job description” really doesn’t apply!

Get a Green Career: Part 1

by Teri Fritsma

Thinking of a green career but confused about your options?  You’re not alone.   The ARRA (which seeks to create millions of new green-collar jobs) has everyone buzzing about green.  What exactly is a green job?  Where would you apply for one?  What skills or training do you need to qualify? 


We may not have all the answers, but thanks to Occupational Information Network (O*NET), we just got a lot more of them.  Yesterday, O*NET  released a research report describing the “greening of the world of work” and the implications for the U.S. jobs.  The report is a must-read for analysts, economic developers, and jobseekers interested in understanding how the economy is going green and what this means for the jobs of the future.


This post is the first in a three-part series that offers tips to jobseekers based on O*NET’s findings.  (Check back next week for Here’s Part 2 and Part 3.)

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Transitioning to a new career

by Teri Fritsma

As the recession wears on and more than 200,000 Minnesotans find themselves jobless, we keep hearing stories about people who’ve been laid off and are looking to transfer their skills to a brand new industry or occupation.  Whether you change careers out of necessity or in pursuit of your lifelong dream, here are a few tips for a successful transition.

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