The Environmental and Infrastructure Job Markets Are Heating Up. Are You Ready To Jump In?
I am sure that many of you have heard the political rancor over Green and Stimulus related jobs. Whether you agree or disagree with how many jobs were “saved” versus “created” from the stimulus bill, there is a positive trend in the economy worth talking about: Environmental and Infrastructure job openings are heating up.
Different from manufacturing and other career fields, there has been acute shortage of workers in these industries for years and plenty of work to be done. (See ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card). The Minnesota bridge collapse; potholes in the streets; traffic congestion; dilapidated buildings and contaminated factory sites are all reminders that our environmental and infrastructure problems must to be addressed (check out this documentary on America’s Infrastructure).
Once the money starts flowing again, these industries will go back to their “normal” short of people and overwhelmed with work. Here are some suggestions that job seekers should consider when weighing their options:
- If you are considering going back to college for a degree consider a civil, environmental engineering or science degree.
- If a degree is out of the question and consider a class in CAD (Drafting) or becoming an environmental technician.
Here are some more fields where potential growth may occur as the economy picks up. Consider these areas as part of your career assessment.