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1 Get Into Green: Careers, Education and Jobs in Minnesota A workshop by iSeek Solutions

2 Minnesota Green Careers Website

3 Get Into Green: Overview What exactly are green careers? How can I prepare for a green career? How can I search for a green job?

4 Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, Profit

5 A Green job has a direct or essential impact on a product, service, or process that results in environmental benefits.

6 TOPIC 1So what are green jobs? Tools to explore green careers: 54 profilesprofiles 19 career videosvideos 3 quizzes Green or Not Green?Green or Not Green?

7 Five Green Career Clusters Renewable Energy Generation Building-Related Energy Efficiency Recycling & Pollution Reduction Green Manufacturing Environmental Conservation

8 Industry Career PathsCareer Paths Wind Ethanol Commercial Energy Efficiency Residential Energy Efficiency Natural Resource Conservation By December 2011: Solar Thermal, Solar PV, and Ground Source Heat


10 TOPIC 2 Prepare for a green job Knowledge and tools employers seek 487 Green Education programs in MinnesotaGreen Education programs Low-cost and short-term training options for energy careers. Low-cost and short-term training options

11 Skills and Knowledge for green jobs Technical skills are the most commonly required skills in green job vacancies (69%), followed by math (60%) Technical and math skills combined are required in 55% Mechanical and science knowledge are the most commonly required knowledge Communication skills are also often cited

12 TOPIC 3 How to search for a green job? Know the top green industries in MN Research businesses in the field Find job openings Green your resume Consider volunteering to gain experience

13 Top 10 Green industries in MN Social Advocacy Organizations Educating the public on conservation issues Architectural and Engineering Services Providing air quality permitting and environmental compliance services Administration of Environmental Programs Oversight of water and soil conservation programs Building Equipment Contractors / HVAC Residential and commercial plumbing Used Merchandise Stores Sorting and selling used goods Electronic Instrument Manufacturing Automated air & water controls Remediation and Other Waste Services Emergency response for environmental issues, ie spills Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers - Recycling of post-consumer goods Waste Collection Processing of recyclable material Plastics Product Manufacturing Development / mfg of eco-friendly materials

14 Research green businesses It will lead you to companies that are likely to be part of Minnesota's green economy and to employ people working in green occupations.

15 Find green job openingsjob openings

16 Green your resumeyour resume Customize your resume to the job you're applying for. Emphasize the core skills needed for the job.

17 Why Be a Green Volunteer? Get your foot in the door with an organization helping the environment Network with people in green jobs Develop green-related skills and knowledge See what green jobs are really like Get a competitive edge in the job market when you're ready to find a green job


19 Join green professional or advocacy associations Lots going on in Minnesota Do It Green Green news, initiatives, events, and opportunities in Minnesota. Do It Green The Green Institute Offers a reuse center in Minneapolis. The Green Institute Minnesota BlueGreen Alliance Labor unions and environmental organizations joined to expand jobs in the green economy Minnesota BlueGreen Alliance U.S. Green Building Council Here are a few ideas! Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) Energy efficiency and renewable resources for all regions of Minnesota. Job postings, conferences, and more. Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) Windustry Professional assocation. Windustry Forum of Women in the Environmental Field Professional association to network with other women, see job postings, learn about careers. Forum of Women in the Environmental Field

20 For Researchers & Data Junkies

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