As technology hurdles us headlong into the future, a new workforce is required to meet the needs of these changing times. New jobs titles and the tasks associated with them need to be captured, researched, and defined. O*Net (The Occupational Information Network), the nation’s primary source of occupational data, has classified new and enhanced green jobs titles. Technological developments and green economy activities have created a need for unique work and worker requirements. O*NET classifies and defines these new job titles (along with developing existing titles) which are accessible in its online database.
Tracking Employment Demands for Green Occupations
Research conducted by the National Center For O*NET Development identifies 12 green economic sectors where job growth is expected. Job titles within these sectors are broken down into three categories:
- New and Emerging green occupations (NE)
- Increased Demand Green Occupations (ID)
- Enhanced Skills Green Occupations (ES)
More on this research is documented in Greening of the Work World: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations. Recently the Center developed tasks for ES and NE green occupations. For more information, see the O*Net Green Task Development Project report. Also, the Center maintains quarterly updates in the Green Book of References.
For convenience and to get an accurate assessment of workplace activities, O*NET breaks the green economy down into twelve sectors:
- Renewable Energy Generation
- Energy Efficiency
- Green Construction
- Energy Trading
- Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage
- Research, Design, and consulting Services
- Environmental Protection
- Agriculture and Forestry
- Recycling and Waste Reduction
- Government and Regulatory Administration
New Green Job Titles Added to O*NET Online
Anyone interested in new green jobs would do well to investigate. The Renewable Energy Generation sector, for example, consists of activities involving the development and use of energy sources, such as, solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. The job title Solar Photovoltaic Installers (O*NET-SOC code # 47-4099.01) is included in this sector. It is designated as a Green New and Emerging (N&E) occupation. It is also defined as a Bright Outlook occupation; meaning rapid growth is expected in the next several years. Traditional, non-renewable energy sources, such as oil, coal, gas, and nuclear, which have integrated green technological changes is also included in this sector. Some of the NE occupations recognized by O*NET include:
- Air Quality Control Specialists
- Biofuel Processing Technicians
- Climate Change Analysts
- Environmental Restoration Planner
- Geothermal Technicians
- Green Marketers
- Industrial Ecologists
- Recycle and Reclamation Workers
- Sustainability Specialists
- Wind Turbine Service Technicians
- And many more
O*NET Offers the Most Reliable Information on Green Sector Occupations
O*NET was created under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. The online database, which is free to the public, contains the most reliable and up-to-date information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. Currently, the database lists 965 occupations complete with O*NET-SOC code number and description.
It is a valuable resource for government agencies concerned with occupational development, HR professionals, career counselors, and researchers. O*NET Online also features Career Exploration Tools for individuals looking for or changing careers.
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