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TOP 5 FIELD: ENVIRONMENT

Urgency around climate change and environmental protection, along with the availability of federal recovery funding, is driving the growth of a “green economy.” Job openings are still tough to find, but encore talent is needed now to jump-start energy efficiency and clean energy projects and to scale up environmental sustainability initiatives of all kinds.

Learn why workers are in demand to power the green economy in “Wanted: Encore Talent”
Find out what types of skills are needed
Read about emerging green job categories in “How Boomers Can Help the Nation Go Green”

HOW TO FIND A GREEN ENCORE

Just what is a green job, and how do you get one?

Read about green careers in the Get Started Guide >
Learn how to repurpose your skills and become a sustainability director or eco-entrepreneur >
Find out where the U.S. Department of Labor is sponsoring green training programs with Recovery Act funding >
Get information from the Green Building Certification Institute about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program leading to a credential as a green building specialist >

SEIZING THE GREEN OPPORTUNITY

Green job creation is at the center of the federal government’s economic recovery efforts. Billions of dollars for energy efficiency, clean energy generation and job training must be spent quickly. That creates a demand for encore talent to make sure the money is spent wisely. Is your city scaling up to seize the green opportunity?

See what cities have qualified for federal funding to scale-up green retrofit initiatives >
View Green for All’s “Green Economy Roadmap,” which shows green projects around the nation funded by recovery dollars >
Discover how can encore talent accelerate energy efficiency retrofits >
Learn how encore solar trainers are creating green jobs after taking a “train the trainer” course at a community college >

DAVID BANK'S BLOG

Hundreds of thousands of boomers and others are poised to work on proven innovations and cost-effective interventions to help kids succeed, improve people’s health and protect the environment.

That's why is makes sense to make modest investments in advancing encore careers - investments that will be recouped in the added success of targeted, high-priority initiatives that deploy this windfall of experienced, talented people. Encore talent is early talent, “venture human capital” that can help take promising models to full-scale solutions.


TOP 5 ENCORE JOB FIELDS

Learn more about how to find work in these fields.

  1. Education
  2. Health care
  3. Environment
  4. Government
  5. Nonprofit

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones

Green Jobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment by A. Bronwyn Llewellyn, James P. Hendrix, Ph.D., and K. C. Golden

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Careers by Barbara Parks

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Meet individuals who have transitioned to green jobs and learn ways to harness the encore opportunity in the Green Encores online discussion group >