Episode 2: Green jobs are surging. Where to find them.

Episode 2 | Green jobs are surging. Where to find them.

After years of sputtering along, sustainability job postings on LinkedIn spiked by 10%, about double the growth in other sectors of the economy. But where are these jobs? And which skills are in demand? One of the foremost researchers studying the growth of corporate sustainability jobs, John Davies of GreenBiz, gives Yesh the inside scoop. 

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Show Notes

Sustainability jobs are growing fast. From industry hot spots to the most-needed skills, Episode 2 is full of insider tips for jobseekers from John Davies of GreenBiz, the go-to hub for the latest in business and sustainability. For all of the guidance and resources mentioned in this episode, visit Land a Green Job 101 online. 

Which industries are growing planet-saving jobs?

After years of sputtering along, sustainability job postings on LinkedIn grew about 10% in 2019. 

  • Some roles are part of small corporate sustainability teams. But sustainability skills are needed in more traditional positions as well. 
  • Download the GreenBiz State of the Profession report. 

These jobs are growing across industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Supply chain management
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Companies
  • Finance
  • Fashion
  • Energy
  • Technology
  • Medical devices
  • Transportation


Which skills are in greatest demand?

More and more industries are seeking people who understand circularity. For information about new jobs in the circular economy, read this GreenBiz column. 

  • Companies are greening their systems. Skills needed are specific to companies and industries.
  • Industries moving quickly on circularity include medical devices, tech companies, and fashion. 
  • For in-depth information, read corporate sustainability reports. Look for their problem areas. Which skills do you have, or can you learn, that can solve these problems? 

Learn how to build business cases for sustainability:

  • Become a translator between different departments — for example, supply chain, purchasing and manufacturing.
  • Building a business case takes communication, presentation, skill in interpreting and reporting sustainability metrics and collaboration.
  • Be a constant learner. Stay current on new innovations and the latest research in your target industries and organizations.

Learn more

Read about how Chipotle and other companies are incentivizing executives to improve ESG goals through financial bonuses.

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