Most of us know that the so-called “green economy” is meant to help us transition to a low-carbon economy in our quest towards a more sustainable planet. But what are the jobs that make up this future economy and just how in-demand are they?
Well, many of the most sought after workers these days are in the green economy. For instance, in 2019, there were 10 times more jobs in the United States’ green economy than in the fossil fuel industry, according to a University College London study.
So, let’s take a look at some of the new and developing roles we might be applying for or studying for in the near future.
Farming is changing. As we move to meet the world’s need to feed more city-dwellers using less land and water, of course, urban farming is one of the world’s most in-demand jobs. Sometimes referred to as “vertical farming,” this job involves growing crops or plants on rooftops and in small patches of arable land found within cities.
As these incredible structures permeate our landscapes, more and more people are becoming involved (and getting jobs) in everything from their conceptualization to their preservation.
Green Designer or Creative
Creatives are in a unique position to push the boundaries of what’s possible and inspire change in their respective industries. One of the natural fields for this is architecture.
There is a huge role for the creative industries to play in transforming our economies. Whether that’s as a sustainable fashion designer making clothes out of recycled materials or pioneering vegan leather, or as an artist who collects thousands of pieces of plastic waste to create art.
The fact that you don’t have the technical make-up to be an engineer, doesn’t mean there aren’t roles for people with a business focus or project management skills to contribute to helping businesses go green.
Sustainability consultants are hired to teach how to lower a company’s carbon footprint, make environmental impact assessments, and guide industries on how to cut carbon emissions, waste, and water usage.
The impact of climate change is already being felt with increasing extreme weather events and the hottest ever years on record, it’s not hard to see why Environmental Scientists are needed.
Scientists who can assess, predict and document the damage caused by warming temperatures will be vital in the coming decades to keep the world informed and supplied with the knowledge to make informed decisions.
This specific inclination, for those who want to choose a career in the law, can lead to providing consultancies to companies and public institutions, but also obviously to representing clients in court, after passing the bar.
Due to the fact that environmentalism’s emergence at the forefront of media is more or less recent, young people could prove to have the best opportunity by rising and creating their own market or niche.