The state of Tennessee had about 43,800 green jobs in 2010 and that numbersshould go higher. This is according to a survey conducted by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. This and other data constitute the preliminary results of the state’s Green Jobs Report, released in observence of Earth Day 2011. The survey studied 6,000 area businesses to identify occupations and training requirements in theirgrowing green sector economy. Karla Davis, Department Commissioner, sees this as the “a first step” in measuring current employment activity and future trends.According to the Executive Summary of the report the state expects more jobs between 2011-2013 from invest ments such as Hemlock Semiconductors, Wacker Chemie Polysilicon plants, Nissan Lithium battery and zero-electric vechicles, and others.
The survey focused on 10 green economic sectors
- Energy Efficiency
- Renewable Energy
- Sustainable Transportation
- Green Construction
- Environmental Protection
- Agriculture and Forestry
- Green Manufacturing
- Recycling and Waste Reduction
- Research and Consulting
- Government and Regulatory Administration
With 8,966 jobs, the Energy Efficiency sector shows the most activity.
Occupations in this sector relate to inceasing energy efficiency,
making energy demand response more effective, contructing “smart grids,”
etc. This sector cover job titles, such as, Insulation Workers, Refrig-
eration Mechanics, and Elecrical Power Line Installers, just to name a
few. ONET (Occupational Information Network) defines these as Green
Increased Demand occupations. Sustainable Transportation occupies second
place with 5,839 jobs and Green Manufacturing was the third largest with
5,466 green jobs.
Construction and Manufacturing, both,ranked highest (22%) for industries
with the most green jobs. Among the largest green occupations in the state
are installers, who manufacture and assemble energy-efficient appliances or
solar/wind power components; LEED-certified civil engineers for sustainable
city planning; transit drivers for clean-fuel or low-sulfur buses; construct-
ion laborers for home weatherization; and environmental scientists, who mon-
itor environmental impacts.
As far as education, the study found that the most common requirement is
moderate-term on-the-job-training(34%).Second is jobs that require three
months or less on-the-job-training (20%). A bachelor’s degree for scientific,
technical,engineering, and computer-related jobs is the next most frequent
Green occupations that are potentially in short supply include refuse and re-
cycle material coordinators, agriculture science technicians, construction
managers, energy auditors, urban planners, machinists, wholesale sales repre-
sentative and environmental engineers. The study stipulates additional short-
ages on anticipated as the economy improves.
Do you think studies like this have a direct or indirect impact on job growth,
or no impact at all?