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The Green Economy

The National Center for O*NET Development, as part of its efforts to keep up with the changing world of work, investigated the impact of green economy activities and technologies on occupational requirements and the development of New and Emerging (N&E) occupations. Results of the research led to the identification of green economic sectors, green increased demand occupations, green enhanced skills occupations, and green new and emerging (N&E) occupations. These occupations are now reflected in the O*NET-SOC system.

For the National Center for O*NET Development's research on the green economy, read Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations (2009) and Greening of the World of Work: Revisiting Occupational Consequences (2011). In addition to these reports on the green economy, the National Center for O*NET Development maintains a Green Book of References that is updated quarterly. Most recently, green tasks have been delevolped for green enhanced skills and green new and emerging occupations; see the O*NET Green Task Development Project report.

Learn, discuss, and share promising practices in creating partnerships for Green Job Workforce Solutions and for leveraging Recovery Act Investments at the Green Jobs Community of Practice external site.

To keep up with the changing green economy, the National Center for O*NET Development is currently:

  • Collecting data on occupational and worker requirements for Green Increased Demand, Green Enhanced Skills, and Green N&E Occupations.
  • Updating task lists for green occupations by identifying new tasks resulting from the impact of green economy activities and technologies.
  • Updating green lay titles by incorporating new occupational titles identified in the green economy.
  • Researching the green economy to identify new green occupations.
  • Tracking green economic sectors to identify new and emerging (N&E) occupations.