by Teri Fritsma  

Today’s post is the third in Ispeak’s “Get a Green Career” series (read Part 1 and Part 2 — or review all of our green career articles here).   This series helps answer the question What exactly is a green career?  If you’re looking to find or apply for a green job, check out the links here.


O*NET is the authoritative source of occupation information, and their recent report is one of the first national studies to examine the “greening” of different careers.   O*NET divides green occupations into three categories — Green Increased Demand, Green-Enhanced Skills, and Green New & Emerging occupations.  Parts 1 and 2 of this series focused on Green Enhanced Skills and Green Increased Demand.  Today’s post looks at Green New & Emerging.


Green New & Emerging occupations are the ones that often come to mind when we think about green jobs.  They’re those exotic occupations that are so new — and in some cases so small —  that they’re not showing up in most standard occupational lists yet, which means there’s very little reliable wage or employment data available at this point.  O*NET has identified 91 distinct Green New and Emerging occupations.  Here are 10 examples to get you thinking about the possibilities.


  • Chief Sustainability Officers are in charge of sustainability efforts at corporations.  They communicate with management, employees, and shareholders about green policies. 


  • Green Marketers create and implement ways to market green products and services.



  • Energy Auditors conduct energy audits of buildings (including homes), building systems, or process systems.


  • Fuel Cell Engineers design, evaluate, and construct fuel cell components and systems for transportation, stationary, or portable applications.




  • Climate Change Analysts research and analyze policy developments related to climate change.  They also make recommendations for legislative action, fundraising, or awareness campaigns.



  • Recycling Coordinators supervise curbside and drop-off recycling programs for municipal governments or private firms.


If you’re interested in one of these careers, where can you go from here?  First, follow the links provided above, or check out ISEEK’s section on Green careers, which give more background on the economic trends that will affect the demand for these types of workers.  You might also want to listen to this audio from, which offers good general tips on how to research and break into these new and emerging fields.   


We’ll continue to follow developments in green careers closely here at Ispeak, so check back often. Good luck on your green career search!