Buoyed by the prospect of mixing passion with profit, growing numbers of workers are exploring "green-collar" jobs with an emphasis on respect for and protection of the environment. Now seems like a good time. Of the $787 billion U.S. economic-stimulus package, $62 billion has been earmarked for clean energy, environmental projects and scientific research, and an additional $500 million is dedicated to green-jobs training. So what are these green jobs, and how can you find them?
"Green jobs are not necessarily new jobs, but often traditional jobs in industries that are adapting to new opportunities available in a clean energy economy," according to the 2008 Green Economy Jobs report. That's certainly true for Lisa DiMartino, vice president of marketing for Ecohaus, a distributor of environmentally responsible building supplies and household products. She says staffing at the Seattle-area company has grown from two workers to nearly 65 at three new shops, "with all the regular jobs you would imagine: bookkeeping, accounting, marketing, operations, warehouse and on the sales floor talking to customers."