by Oriane Casale

“The green economy rewards innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurism. New ways of thinking about everyday products, processes, and services make for great opportunities for women to not only find new jobs, but also turn their ideas into businesses and create jobs for others.” Do you see yourself in this quote? If so, you might want to check out a few resources that are now available.


The majority of green jobs in Minnesota are in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) occupations. Many of these occupations, including most engineering, maintenance and repair, technician and technologist occupations are nontraditional for women. Nontraditional occupations are those with an uneven split between men and women. Specifically, occupations that are nontraditional for women are those where at least 75 percent of the workers are male. Nontraditional occupations for men are at least 75 percent female. 


A new report from the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, called Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career,  is a comprehensive manual designed to assist women with job training and career development as they enter into nontraditional jobs in the green economy. 


The resources in this manual go well beyond green jobs, and could be helpful to anyone, male or female, interested in going into a STEM occupation. However, the emphasis is on barriers that women may face.  Learn how to evaluate educational programs, find financial aid for school, and how to green your resume. There are also resources for women in green careers who may be facing problems on the job.


ISEEK also has excellent resources for people interested in nontraditional careers, including a list of nontraditional occupations for both men and women. The resources for women in STEM occupations are particularly useful for women who are interested in green occupations. Don’t forget to browse the green career portal for a comprehensive look at green career opportunities in Minnesota. Also, be sure to check out the Construction Manager and Recycling Coordinator day-in-the-life videos to see women succeeding in nontraditional occupations.


Oriane Casale is the Assistant Director of the Labor Market Information Office at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.