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Green Workforce Development

Did you know that 9.8 million jobs require green tasks*? The City of Boston is recruiting people to drastically increase the green workforce to reach sustainability goals. Whether you identify as blue-collar or white-collar, you can go green collar!

Green Workforce Documents

Local Organizations Investing in the Green Workforce

Massachusetts businesses and nonprofits have received millions of dollars in grant money to bolster Massachusetts' green workforce. With this money, these organizations have created career maps, internships, job boards, and jobs all to entice workers to start a career in the green sector.

Choosing Your Green Career

Not sure where to start? Use the tools below to get an idea which career path best suits your talents.

Jump to:         

           • IREC's Clean Energy Career Maps                                      • MassCEC's Clean Energy Industry Career Pathways                  USGBC's Green Career Navigator & Quiz                        • Slipstream's Clean Energy Career Video Series.

Clean Energy Career Maps

IREC’s Career Maps are unique, interactive tools that educators, career advisors, job seekers, employers, policymakers, and workforce professionals can use to explore the many diverse careers offered across the growing clean energy industry from entry level to advanced careers. Explore maps in the following sectors:

  • Green Buildings Career Map (image to the right)
    • Architectural, Engineering & Other Professional Services
    • Building Operations/Facility Management
    • Commercial & Institutional Construction & Retrofitting
    • Residential & Multifamily Construction & Retrofitting
  • Solar Career Map
    • Manufacturing
    • System Design
    • Project Development
    • Installation & Operations
  • Climate Control Technology (HVAC/R) Careers
    • Residential
    • Commercial
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Automated Controls
    • Design & Engineering
    • Green Jobs

Clean Energy Industry Career Pathways

What career opportunities are there locally, for those with an interest in clean energy and the environment? To give you an idea of the jobs available, MassCEC divided them into categories, provided a list of example jobs across varying levels of education and experience for each category, and connected those example jobs with education & training opportunities currently offered in Massachusetts. Job Pathways are divided into the following categories:

  • Offshore Wind (image to the right)
  • Green Design & Construction
  • Engineering & Research
  • Manufacturing & Supply Chain
  • Business Development & Marketing
  • Policy & Government

The US Green Buildings Council Green Career Navigator & Quiz

The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to supporting the green jobs market, to ensure that people who are passionate about sustainability can apply their skills and talents to a rapidly growing workforce. There are many possibilities when it comes to a career in green building.




Slipstream's Clean Energy Careers Video Series

Slipstream obtained interviews from several stakeholders that are on the front lines of a clean energy future. Watch for a behind the scenes look into some of these careers and the people that are making an impact every day. These videos were filmed emphasizing K-12 students in Wisconsin, but they are applicable to Massachusetts residents of all ages as well. Watch Clean Energy Career videos about:

  • Clean Energy Careers
  • Solar Careers
  • Energy Distribution
  • Health Care
  • Auditing/Home Performance
  • Hydropower
  • Electric Vehicles
  • HVAC

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