Get Moving into a Green Career in the Green Transportation Sector

For those who never want to sit still, a green transportation job may be just the ticket to having a fulfilling green career. Transportation emissions are a huge factor in global greenhouse gas emissions, and finding ways to ratchet down the planetary cost of our on-the-go lives in extremely important for long-term sustainability as a species. You could be part of this important movement by getting yourself into an exciting green job in the eco-friendly transportation sector.

Green Jobs in Transportation

There is no end to interesting opportunities for those interested in starting a green career in the transport sector.

  • Mass transit engineer: Public transportation systems need people of all shapes and sizes to help convey commuters from home to work and school and back again every single day. Public transportation is naturally more eco-friendly than single-occupant driving, so you’ll help support some of the most energy efficient modes of transport available. Whether you like driving large buses and trains, want to work as a systems engineer or mechanic, or are interested in traffic control, there are loads of opportunities in the public transit sector.
  • Bike sharing and rental: More and more bike sharing and bike rentals are growing in popularity as people see the benefits of getting exercise while they move from one place to another.  If you want to promote this people-powered mode of transportation, consider starting or working for a bike sharing company or starting a bike rental shop.
  • Car sharing and rental: Like bike sharing, consumers see the value of sharing a vehicle to reduce the financial and environmental footprint. Lots of vehicle sharing companies now exist so you could jump on board with one of those or start your own! Alternatively, start a car rental company that specializes in the most energy efficient vehicles for tourists and frugal-minded individuals.
  • Green taxi driver: Public transit options don’t reach every corner of most cities, so conveying people to their final destination often requires taxi and cab drivers. If you’re an extrovert, you’ll love this career, and can green it up by choosing the most energy efficient vehicle possible and driving with green habits in mind. Gas-electric hybrid and electric vehicles are natural choices for this line of work.
  • Green vehicle scientists: Engineers and scientists are needed to develop energy efficient vehicles for heavy transport, industry, farming, and consumers alike. If you’re the research type, consider entering a career that will help develop the next energy-free mode of transportation.
  • Green tourism travel: Getting from Point A to Point B while you’re on vacation also costs the planet, but it doesn’t have to cost as much with green travel options. Create a green tourism company of your own to help guide travellers to the most eco-friendly methods of transportation while they’re on vacation.

This is just a small sampling of the many options available in the green transportation field, but should give you plenty of inspiration for how to turn your desire to move into a thriving green job.

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This post was written by:

Maryruth Belsey Priebe

Maryruth has been seeking the keys to environmental justice - both at home and at work - for over a decade. Growing up adjacent to wild spaces, Maryruth developed a healthy respect (and whimsical appreciation) for things non-human, but her practical mind constantly draws her down to earth to ponder tangible solutions to complex eco-problems.

With interests that range from green living to green business, sustainable building designs to organic gardening practices, ecosystem restoration to environmental health, Maryruth has been exploring and writing about earth-matters for most of her life. Of special interest is the subject of ecopsychology and the role the natural world plays in the long-term health and well-being of humanity. You can learn more about Maryruth's work at

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  1. I’ve always thought car sharing, especially when it comes to trucks, would be a good idea. People don’t need a truck everyday and it wouldn’t cost very much to share a truck between a group of people.

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