Environment and Sustainability

Overview

Environment and Sustainability

The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines “green jobs” as either:

  • Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
  • Jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.

Job Outlook

The future of “green jobs” appears bright, as interest builds across government, academia, and the business community. In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics received funding to further research this new industry. Currently, green jobs are located in every major industry, but are mainly concentrated in construction, and professional and business services. 

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Specialist
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Overview

We expect safe and reliable collection, treatment and discharge of wastewater in the United States. The people responsible for consistently providing these services are the operators of wastewater collection systems and wastewater treatment plants.

Wastewater treatment plant operators must be licensed by their state, which tests operators for competence and verifies their work experience prior to licensing them to operate wastewater treatment facilities.

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Water Treatment Plant Operations Specialist
Certificate Program

Overview

The ready availability of a clean, safe drinking water supply is expected in the United States. The people responsible for consistently providing that drinking water supply are the operators of water treatment plants and water distribution systems.

Water treatment plant operators must be licensed by their state, which tests operators for competence and verifies their work experience prior to licensing them to treat water for public consumption.