Climate change, water scarcity, pesticides, food insecurity, animal welfare concerns — organizations of all kinds continue to increase their awareness on issues such as these. And as a wide variety of organizations seek to implement more sustainable practices into their business methodologies, a new market of jobs continues to rise: the green job sector.

At Green Mountain College, we use our sustainability-focused education and our dedication to authentic sustainability to prepare uniquely qualified graduates to step into various sustainability-related professional fields like the five we list below.

Explore our resource page — The Benefits of a Sustainability-Focused Education  — for an in-depth analysis of the value of an education based in sustainable  thought!

What is the growing "green jobs" market?

There is an increasing market for "green jobs" and a growing demand for employees who can bring skills and sustainability-minded practices to revolutionize the workplace. In fact, some green jobs are projected to experience more than 100 percent job growth in the coming years, and GMC graduates are uniquely qualified to step into these professional fields.

Many of these graduates are actively using their GMC sustainability-focused education in their chosen professional and social networks. Preliminary baseline data from the 2012 class indicates that 43 percent of graduates spend more than 10 hours per week deliberately enhancing the social fabric of their communities and 72 percent report that their lives reflect the college’s environmental mission.

What green industries exist for sustainability-conscious professionals?

1. Energy Efficiency/ Renewable Energy Generation — A job that is research driven, and works to develop innovative technologies that will make renewable energy sources cost competitive with traditional energy sources.

2. Green Design, Green Building, Urban Growing  An approach to building and growing that works to minimize harmful effects on human health and the environment, while safeguarding and maximizing the utility of natural resources.

3. Energy Analysis — Analysts will be required to research, test, study, and synthesize trends and technology within the industry, explore ways to improve this technology, make recommendations for increased productivity and sustainability, as well as be able to present their findings.

4. Research, Design, and Consulting Services — These are “indirect jobs” to the green economy, and include employment opportunities such as energy consulting, research, and other business-related services.

5. Environmental Engineering  Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.

Green Mountain College is dedicated to preparing you for success — during and after your college experience.

We get it: As a prospective college student, a question that looms in the back of your mind as you choose where to attend is: How will my college experience prepare me to be hired? Specifically, how will choosing GMC give me a competitive advantage in the professional world?

But we've got good news: 97 percent of recent GMC graduates are employed, in graduate school, serving in the military or gainfully engaged, and 95 percent of our graduates are satisfied or very satisfied in their work. The numbers speak for themselves: GMC graduates go into the workforce armed as knowledgeable, mission-driven professionals ready to make a real difference in a variety of job markets that are finally making sustainability-minded practices a priority. 

If you think that Green Mountain College might be the educational experience you're looking for, we invite you to request more information today!

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