Unless you've been living under a rock lately you've probably heard talk of green/cleantech energy
as the linchpin of the 21st century economy.
Over the past year and a half I have started a number of green job boards
to take advantage of this trend. After seeing first hand, the number
of jobs being created I am convinced more than ever of this industry's potential. I've also researched the green job market substantially and have discovered over 50 different
green job sites. If that isn't a trend I don't know what is.
So if green is a part of the new job market where are the recruiters? I think the time is now to brand yourself as a green recruiter. I see opportunity.
There are many sectors of the green industry that you could specialize in. These include the obvious ones like solar, wind and biofuels. But also things like energy efficiency, hydroelectric, wastewater, fuel cells, sustainability, geothermal and smart grid.
I've come across a few green recruiters such as GreenManAlliance
and Bright Green Talent
. But I think there is plenty of room for other 3rd party peeps and staffing firms to specialize.
The states with the biggest green job growth will be places like California, Texas, Arizona, New York and Washington DC. The Midwest will become the region with the most wind farms (from Texaas to Minnesota) since those areas see the most wind. States like Michigan and Ohio will become green manufacturing states where many solar panels and wind turbines will be produced.
One of the biggest green employers will be General Electric. They are the largest builder of turbines in the U.S. and have a center in upstate NY that employs thousands.
So who among you will become green recruiters? I look forward to the race.
Chris Russell is a ten year veteran of the online job search industry. His latest project is GreenJobSpider.com: the "green jobs search engine