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Environmental Scientists may be needed in First Nation Communities
Green jobs education may come in handy to those living or working the American Indian and Alaska Native communities, as the government has announced new funds to improve water services in those areas.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Service's Indian Health Service have designated $90 million in Recovery Act funds to enhance access to drinking water and wastewater services in those areas.
"Addressing long-standing water issues in tribal communities is also going to bring in new jobs and new opportunities, helping them get through the economic downturn and build a lasting foundation for prosperity," says EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
"EPA is committed to working with our tribal partners on solutions that benefit our environment, our health and our economy," she adds.
The ongoing economic shift resulting from renewed effort on the national and global level to combat the energy crisis and climate change is expected to transform the labor market by creating millions of new jobs for specialists ranging from environmental engineers, who design green buildings and products, to technicians build and service them.
The Labor Department estimates that demand for environmental scientists and specialists will grow by 25 percent until 2016.