As the country is trying to breathe life back into the economy and as the scare grows of global warming and other biological hazards, the number of green jobs or professions is growing fast. There is no short answer to define what makes a green professional. As of yet, it is only a generally accepted idea or concept. But, the revolution is making understanding these concepts more and more important as we move towards alternative energy, innovation, and long-term economic growth and security.
In an effort to spur economic growth and create alternative energies, the government around the world with help from green professionals, has implemented incentives including tax cuts to individuals and businesses that make investments in the energy sector. As individuals and businesses take advantage, the demand for products and specialists is increasing. It is becoming ever more important to be able to define these jobs for the sake of workforce development and training. An accepted definition will make sure that certificate programs provide accurate training that matches the skills needed for the job. Also, an accepted definition will help filter out phony business and industry.
The classification of these green jobs and businesses is just as difficult and important. Most people agree that a green business is one that produces environmentally friendly products and services. However, no one knows or agrees just how far up that chain we should go. It needs to be clear what percentage of a job or business has to be environmentally friendly in order to be classified as so, and if that job or business produces anything directly or indirectly environmentally unfriendly, should they still be considered green. For example, if an individual or business produces steel for windmills, but then turns around and also produces steel for automobiles, should they still be considered. Another question is whether environmentally friendly practices should be considered. Should you have that label just because you use friendly appliances or lighting?
The establishment of a legitimate and clearly defined green industry will benefit the economy as a whole as well as people in other occupations. Bankers, accountants, lawyers, etc. Will provide supporting services to projects. By the way, this raises another question; whether the providers of these supporting services should be considered. If so, this would mean that you will qualify even if you have an indirect impact on environmental quality. Another question to consider is whether all employees of green businesses should be considered; sales, administrative, receptionist, etc.