Newsweek has a great story about the job boom in the green market. Of course, it’s hard to define exactly what that market is, but it tracks the surge of new opportunities for renewable-energy technologies and earth-friendly products.
Greenbangers watching our regular job updates will know know all about this, but the story gives some great details:
Even if some of these nascent companies falter, there’s widespread conviction that this sector will become one of the country’s hottest employers. “This is the challenge of the 21st century … and it’s not going away,” says Kevin Doyle, founder of the consulting firm Green Economy.
Based on the flow of venture capital, K. R. Sridhar, CEO of the fuel-cell start-up Bloom Energy, believes the clean-tech sector could produce 50,000 new jobs by 2010. (By way of comparison, General Motors’ hourly work force, which briefly went on strike last week, currently numbers 73,000.) Peter Beadle, president of Greenjobs.com, cites estimates that the solar sector alone could employ 2 million people by 2020—more Americans than currently work as elementary-school teachers.