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Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 by Editors at JIST, US Department of Labor

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Green Occupations

By the Editors at JIST

The term “green careers” is not well defined, but it is understood to mean careers that permit a more sustainable economy. The world’s population is nearing 7 billion and is expected to reach about 9 billion by 2050. Most scientists and economists doubt that we will be able to provide for the needs of this huge population using the technologies that now maintain our lifestyle. The earth has finite resources for energy and raw materials, and we’re using them up at a rate that we cannot sustain forever.

The move toward a green economy can be explained by one of the basic principles of economics: Everything has a cost. When one way of doing business gets too costly, we have to find ...

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