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Green economy means 'plenty of work ahead'
Stimulus funds and a shift towards a greener economy are opening new opportunities to those who are seeking to switch careers or enhance their education.
In fact, economic experts fear that once sustainable energy, agriculture, building and other sectors take off, employers will have trouble finding qualified workers to fill jobs in many of those industries.
However, media reports suggest stimulus package money for green jobs training has already found its way to the economy.
For example, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced $20 million in grants to fund 11 regional pilot projects as part of the state-wide Green Job Corps program, according to GreenBiz.com.
In making the announcement the governor stressed, "We are working around the clock to bring Recovery Act funding into California as quickly, effectively and responsibly as possible to stimulate our economy."
What are increasingly referred to as "green-collar jobs" span a wide variety of industries from ecotourism to environmental law. However, what they have in common are projections for demand to exceed supply of workers and consequently high wages commanded by people with the right degrees.
According to the Labor Department, job growth for environmental scientists will average 25 percent over the next few years, with salaries of the highest earners close to $100,000.
Bachelors or masters programs as well as business school degrees are some of the options that will help individuals transitions to lucrative green careers.