A recent report published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics called Careers in Green Construction show strong trends for national green construction job growth with highly competitive wages and salaries.
Several interesting statistics about growth in the green construction sector are worth noting:
- The green building industry has grown despite the slump caused by the recession of 2007-009.
- According to McGraw-Hill, the green nonresidential building construction sector was worth $3 billion in 2005 and grew by more than 14 times to land somewhere between $43 and $54 billion in 2010.
- The nonresidential green building market is predicted to grow to $120 billion or more by 2015.
- Green construction supported more than 1 million workers between 2000 and 2008, a number that is expected to grow to more than 3.3 million between 2009 and 2013.
- Commercial construction is the largest player in the green building sector.
Among other things, the report goes over some of the biggest areas where growth is being seen in the green construction sector. These include energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, onsite practices, and so on. They categorize the various types of green construction jobs in the following way:
- Design occupations including architects, civil engineers, electrical engineers, landscape architects, mechanical engineers, and urban planners. These folks see annual wages between $63,000 and $84,000.
- Building construction occupations including construction managers, construction laborers, operating engineers, and construction equipment operators. People working in this sector see annual wages between $31,000 and $85,000.
- Specialty trade occupations are those that are carpenters, electricians, heating/air conditioning/refrigeration mechanics and installers, plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, insulation workers, painters, glaziers, and roofers. The annual wages in this category range from $31,000 to $51,000.
In other words, green jobs in the construction industry include a broad range of skill levels, experience, and education requirements and provide opportunities for competitive incomes for fulfilling work.
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