Exploding demand for LEED credentials among employers
A new study of job postings from across the country indicates that demand for LEED Green Associates and LEED APs has grown 46% in the last 12 months. And a 12-month scan of U.S. job listings found 9,033 available jobs that specifically require a LEED credential (Burning Glass Technologies, Labor/Insight, 2014).
USGBC recently surveyed hundreds of current employers of LEED credential holders about the value of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP. The work of these organizations spans many industries and functions, but they all tell a similar story about the value the LEED credentials bring to their work.
In fact, 91% of employers we spoke to would recommend the program to peers, and 71% told us they’re likely to make holding a LEED credential a requirement in the future.
Why have your staff earn their LEED Green Associate? Why hire a LEED AP? Here are the top benefits to employers:
- Become more competitive. Organizations see LEED credentialed professionals driving business value by effectively communicating sustainability concepts to investors and teams. Employers indicate that LEED credentialed employees understand their clients’ needs better and deliver more value to clients over time.
- Improve communication through common language. By speaking the common language of LEED, LEED Green Associates and LEED APs improve communication with their team and clients. The shared knowledge and understanding of goals makes project execution more efficient and accurate.
- Show commitment to sustainability. Organizations feel it reflects well on their companies that they have dedicated the resources to support LEED credentials for their employees. The commitment shows they invest in the best staff and make sustainable building an enterprise-level priority.
- Demonstrate thought leadership with education. The continuing education requirements of the LEED AP specialties and LEED Green Associate objectively validate professional credibility and indicate a strong commitment to staying current with the latest green building and sustainability knowledge.
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