Skilled Trades That Allow You to Travel


by Monica Gomez ~

You might think that finding a job that allows you the freedom to travel requires a four-year degree, or even a more advanced education. However, there is good news for those who are interested in working in a hands-on environment. Skilled-trades workers have a number of opportunities to travel for their job. And these jobs often do not require a degree.

Here are just some of the blue-collar jobs that allow you to travel for work.

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Smart Careers to Power the Nation


by Rachel Vilsack

You’ve probably heard about smart phones, but do you know about “smart grid” technology? Essentially how we transmit and distribute electricity can be monitored and adjusted so that the distribution of energy can be most efficient. Smart grid technology also promotes the use of renewable energy sources. As utilities continue to evolve, they’ll need workers who understand this smart technology.

 

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Free Training Now Available for Residential Solar Inspectors


by Caleb Werth

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a free online training program for building and electrical code officials who perform inspections for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installations. This information is also appropriate for solar installers, architects, and students interested in this field.

 

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Green Jobs – An Important Piece of the State’s Recovery


by Alessia Leibert

Did the recession take a toll on the emerging green economy in Minnesota? Developing sectors are generally hit the hardest by economic downturns because an unfavorable investment climate hurts new technologies and products more than established ones. In fact, the number of green job opportunities in Minnesota held steady between fall 2009 and spring 2011. Not only that, but they offered higher quality employment opportunities than the rest of the economy.

 

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Sustainable Careers for Women


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.

 

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Green Career Spotlight: HVAC Engineer


by Lisa Thompson

A large amount of the energy consumed in the United States goes to heating and cooling buildings. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that runs well reduces energy consumption and saves money. HVAC engineers design and build these systems. To figure out what is needed, they meet building owners, run simulations, and review construction plans. But it’s not just about working with numbers. Interpersonal, communication, and problem solving skills are vital to succeed in this career.

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Green Career Spotlight: Building Maintenance Operator


by Lisa Thompson

Keeping a commercial building running smoothly and efficiently requires a lot of different skill sets. And it’s not just about fixing things. Building maintenance operators monitor and control systems in the building—everything from electrical to heating and cooling to plumbing. Computer energy management systems and digital controls have replaced older, inefficient systems. It’s vital for operators to be able to troubleshoot and keep up with changing technology.

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