Ohio University Office of Career Services

Career Resource Spotlight: Green Careers for Dummies by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight:
Green Careers for Dummies

Are you a graduating senior who is interested in pursuing a job with a “green-minded” company? Have no fear, Career Services is here!

In effort to better suit all job-searching students, Career Services has recently started enhancing their literary collection. One acquisition for the collection is “Green Careers for Dummies”, written by Carol McClelland, PhD.

As stated throughout the book, this guide’s main focus is to assist job-seeking people in finding the right “green career” for them. The book provides great insight into various “green” industries, and discusses how to use the web to launch an effective job search—useful stuff! Additional topics discussed throughout the book include: discovering the green frontier, finding your green focus, and using the current green industries to inspire and motivate more sustainable corporate actions.

Interested in getting your hands on the book? Visit the Career Services office (located in Baker 533) anytime between 8 AM-5 PM, and start activating your “green career” today!

—Contributed by Katy Taylor, Office of Career Services PACE Special Events Coordinator

Green Jobs by Christy R

Interested in pursuing a “green” job? Take a look at current cities surveyed to be the most sustainable in the nation, and work to find employment listings accordingly:

1. Portland, OR
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Seattle, WA
4. Chicago, IL
5. New York, NY
6. Boston, MA
7. Minneapolis, MN
8. Philadelphia, PA
9. Oakland, CA
10. Baltimore, MD
11. Denver, CO
12. Milwaukee, WI
13. Austin, TX

These rankings are based on an array of criteria and peer reviewed by professionals within the green and sustainable job sector. The rankings include: air quality, energy and climate change, housing affordability, city commuting, green building, knowledge and communications, city innovation, green economy, local food and agriculture, metro street congestion, planning and land use, water supply, natural disaster risk, tap water quality, and waste management.

The five least sustainable cities they list are:

46. Memphis, TN
47. Las Vegas, NV
48. Tulsa, OK
49. Oklahoma City, OK
50. Mesa, AZ

If you are planning on going into an industry related to sustainability or interested in living in sustainable city, try looking at companies within these cities. The most sustainable cities should have a wide range of green jobs, while the lower ranking cities are developing innovative ways to improve.

To help you get started in your search, the Office of Career Services is hosting a presentation and open forum on Green Jobs which will be held Tuesday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m. in Baker, Room 503.

For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/careers/students/workshops.

—Contributed by Haley Drometer, Practicum Student for the Office of Career Services