Green Government Jobs and Applicable Studies Breakdown
Kurt T. Preston, PhD., Esq.
3. Green / Clean, college majors:
To accomplish these goals, individuals holding degrees in Science, Technology, Energy, and Mathematics (STEM) will be especially sought. Below is a list of applicable degrees that will be in primary and secondary demand. Primary demand means that these degrees related directly to the above goals of the “Blueprint for Change”. Secondary demand means that they are not directly related to Clean/Green college majors, but associated or implied in “Blueprint for Change” implementation. One might be surprised that the weight of this list is in the physical sciences and mathematics, not the biological sciences. The fact of the matter is that the application of biological sciences, while very important, will not likely be the principal focus of the “green” employment. Green jobs will be based on the understanding of energy and ability to physically manipulate matter. Biological studies will be important, but the more important will be training in the fundamentals of mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The current under representation of US students in these areas represents an opportunity for motivated US citizens to pursue study in these fields. Finally, given the new administration’s focus on basic research, salary premiums for advanced and terminal degrees are likely to increase.
Primary, Applicable Degree Areas of Study:
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering.
Algebra and Number Theory.
Analysis and Functional Analysis.
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician.
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering.
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD.
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician.
Civil Engineering, General.
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology.
Elementary Particle Physics.
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician.
Engineering Technology, General.
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology.
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
Geochemistry and Petrology.
Geology/Earth Science, General.
Hazardous Materials Information Systems Technology/Technician.
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician.
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology/Technician
Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician.
Hydrology and Water Resources Science.
Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician.
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician.
Laser and Optical Technology/Technician.
Mathematical Statistics and Probability.
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician.
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician.
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician.
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical.
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.
Plasma and High-Temperature Physics.
Plastics Engineering Technology/Technician.
Solar Energy Technology/Technician.
Solid State and Low-Temperature Physics.
Systematic Biology/Biological Systematic.
Textile Sciences and Engineering.
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics.
Topology and Foundations.
Transportation and Highway Engineering.
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician.
Water Resources Engineering.