Top Green Jobs for Baby Boomers

Green might be the perfect color for adults who are nearing retirement age, but who aren’t ready to stop working just yet, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) reports.

In a new study entitled “How Boomers can Help the Nation Go Green: Emerging Encore Career Opportunities in the Green Economy” CAEL explains how a unique combination of job experience, a continued desire to work and an interest in socially responsible career options make baby boomers the perfect candidates for green careers. And as the demand for so-called green collar workers builds, baby boomers are in the perfect position to fill this demand.

Think a green career might be right for you? Match your experience to one of the green jobs CAEL has identified as the most promising for baby boomers.

1. If you worked in: Construction and Maintenance

Consider a green career in: Weather installation, energy retrofitting, or energy auditing

Weather installation and energy retrofitting involve updating existing buildings to withstand the elements, including extreme temperatures and weather, and increase energy efficiency. By retrofitting existing structures, builders and home owners reduce costs and address global warming simultaneously. Energy auditing involves assesing buildings and other structures to see how energy efficient they are, as well as develop plans to make them more energy efficient. Boomers who have experience in construction, maintenance, and related fields can use their experience to start careers as energy auditors, weatherization installers, or weatherization crew leaders.

2. If you worked in:

Finance and Planning, Engineering or Entrepreneurship

Consider a green career in: Sustainability Consulting

As green practices are being incorporated into business practices, we’re seeing more and more that they not only save the environment; they save money. Sustainability consultants help business find ways to be green – from turning off computers and office lights at night to using recycled paper – that also add to the bottom line. If you’ve got business, financial or engineering experience, those skills could transfer easily into sustainability consulting.

If you worked in: Marketing

Consider a green career in: Outreach Work

Green advocates or outreach workers can use their marketing, communications or other skills to promote green causes and advocate for green issues in their own communities. The number of green organizations is growing exponentially from suburbs to cities, and they need project managers, program managers, marketers, and other specialists to help get their initiatives up and running.

Looking for additional green career opportunities? Check out “Ten Green Jobs to Jump Start your Green Career.”

By Noel Rozny who writes the bi-weekly career blog myPathfinder for the myFootpath website. myFootpath is a resource to help you in your search for a college, degree program, career, graduate school, and non-traditional experiences. Visit myFootpath to start your college or degree program search.

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