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Climate Science Careers

Moving to a greener mindset means that existing jobs are changing, new jobs are being invented, and students can look to a bright future of new opportunities. Now is the time to prepare students. Encourage them to take more science, math, and writing classes that will prepare them for these rewarding jobs.

Have your students visit Utah Futures for help mapping out a path toward one of the great new Green Jobs highlighted below.

 

Agriculture and Forestry Jobs
This sector covers activities related to using natural pesticides, efficient land management or farming, and aquaculture.

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Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage Jobs
This sector covers activities related to capturing and storing energy and/or carbon emissions.

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Energy Efficiency Jobs
This sector covers activities related to increasing energy efficiency, making energy demand response more effective, constructing “smart grids,” and other energy efficient activities.

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Energy Trading Jobs
This sector covers financial services related to buying and selling energy as an economic commodity, as well as carbon trading projects.

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Environmental Protection Jobs
This sector covers activities related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.

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Governmental and Regulatory Administration Jobs
This sector covers activities by public and private organizations associated with conservation and pollution prevention, regulation enforcement, and policy analysis and advocacy.

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Green Construction Jobs
This sector covers activities related to constructing new green buildings, retrofitting residential and commercial buildings, and installing other green construction technology.

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Green Manufacturing Jobs
This sector covers activities related to industrial manufacturing of green technology as well as energy efficient manufacturing processes.

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Recycling and Waste Reduction Jobs
This sector covers activities related to solid waste and wastewater management, treatment, and reduction as well as processing recyclable materials.

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Renewable Energy Generation Jobs
This sector covers activities related to developing and using energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. This sector also includes traditional, non-renewable sources of energy undergoing significant green technological changes (e.g., oil, coal, gas, and nuclear).

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Research, Design, and Consulting Services Jobs
This sector encompasses “indirect jobs” to the green economy, which includes activities such as energy consulting or research and other related business services.

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Transportation Jobs
This sector covers activities related to increasing efficiency and/or reducing environmental impact of various modes of transportation including trucking, mass transit, and freight rail.

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Source: O*NET Center is the U.S. primary source of occupational information. The O*NET OnLine application for exploring occupations is developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.

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Green Degrees

Colleges and Universities are constantly updating their programs of study to prepare learners for the future. If you’re looking for a green oriented career program, here are a few ideas. Be sure to visit each campuses web site to learn more, or go to Utah Futures (utahfutures.org) for support navigating your post-secondary path.

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