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Green jobs

Green building continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy real estate market. While much of the construction industry has been stagnant, green building construction maintains its market share of non-residential buildings and has even grown in several sectors. Green building accounts for more than one-third of all non-residential design and construction and will grow to more than one-half of all construction by 2014.

According to Booz Allen Hamilton, by 2013, green buildings will support nearly 8 million workers in a range of occupations including construction managers, carpenters, electricians, architects, truck drivers and cost estimators, among many others.

The increased demand for green building construction has created an increased need for a skilled and trained workforce. According to a May 2012 report from McGraw-Hill Construction, 69% of architects, engineers and contractors surveyed believe there will be a skilled workforce shortage by 2014. Professional credentials and workforce development programs play a large role in bridging this gap.

We support: green building jobs as the jobs of the future. As the demand for green building continues to grow, we can employ professionals of all skills to enhance the sustainability and health of our buildings and community.

Smart Market Report: Construction Industry Workforce Shortages

Provides groundbreaking definitions or green jobs in design and construction.

USGBC Green Jobs Study

Read the study calculating the number of jobs supported by the total green building construction market.