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Occupational Expert Reveals 10 Best Jobs in Green Technologies

The movement to rebuild and modernize America is gaining momentum, creating a wealth of solid job opportunities in a variety of fields and industries.

“In order to succeed in the 21st century, we’re working to improve education, expand health care, fix the infrastructure, overhaul our manufacturing industries, adopt green technologies, and continue our leadership in high-tech innovation,” says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading occupational experts and author of the recently released book 200 Best Jobs for Renewing America.

Throughout his book, Shatkin explores the six industries that are at the center of America’s shift toward a forward-looking economy: Education, Infrastructure, Health Care, Information and Telecommunication Technologies, Green Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing. He also identifies the best overall jobs, best-paying jobs, fastest-growing jobs and more within each of the six renewal industries.

Of these industries, Green Technologies, in particular, has gained a great deal of interest among individuals hoping to secure a solid job as the economy continues to shift and become more competitive in the upcoming decades. Below is a sample list from 200 Best Jobs for Renewing America, identifying the 10 best Green Technologies jobs overall.

1. Construction Managers
Annual Earnings: $76,230
Percent Growth: 15.7 percent

2. Industrial Engineers
Annual Earnings: $71,430
Percent Growth: 20.3 percent

3. First-line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
Annual Earnings: $55,950
Percent Growth: 9.1 percent

4. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Annual Earnings: $58,380
Percent Growth: 25.1 percent

5. Construction and Building Inspectors
Annual Earnings: $48,330
Percent Growth: 18.2 percent

6. Environmental Engineers
Annual Earnings: $72,350
Percent Growth: 25.4 percent

7. Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters
Annual Earnings: $44,090
Percent Growth: 10.6 percent

8. Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
Annual Earnings: $75,800
Percent Growth: 21.9 percent

9. Carpenters
Annual Earnings: $37,660
Percent Growth: 10.3 percent

10. Electricians
Annual Earnings: $44,780
Percent Growth: 7.4 percent

Additional information about the best jobs in each of the six renewal industries can be found in 200 Best Jobs for Renewing America, which published September 2009. The book is now available at Amazon.com, all major bookstores and from the publisher (www.jist.com or 1.800.648.JIST).

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