Saturday, December 24, 2011

Growth in the green jobs sector

The San Francisco Bay Area hasn't been hit as hard by the economic downturn as some parts of the country, but even here it's felt. Large companies have been continuing the trend of periodic layoffs, and many smaller ones are struggling.

One area, however, is growing here, as well as throughout the United States: green jobs. According to an article this week in U.S. Green Technology, in recent years green jobs grew at a much faster rate than the rest of the economy. A report published earlier this year showed that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was instrumental in this growth, helping to create or preserve nearly 1 million green jobs, while laying the foundation for more.

What does it take to get a green job? In addition to learning about sustainability, it's important to have professional training in existing fields. After all, companies offering green jobs need all kinds of professionals -- and that, of course, includes project managers. A recent PM Network article elaborates on the role of project managers in sustainability.

The SF Bay Area PMI chapter is a great resource for professional growth in both project management and sustainability. The Chapter offers a variety of networking and educational opportunities to help hone your project management skills. And our Green Project Management Seminars provide insights into specific green projects and programs, as well as information about education in sustainability. Follow this blog to stay informed about the latest Chapter sustainability programs.

Those of us living in the Bay Area are lucky to be at the center of the action; San Francisco is one of the top cities in the surge in green tech opportunities. So if you're considering making the transition to a green job, you're in the right place. And if you'd like to learn more about educational opportunities in this area, stay tuned for an upcoming post about our recent seminar on green education and green jobs.

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