Green Topics: Identifying Linkages to Occupations and Education Programs Using a Linguistic Approach


June 2022

Green Research

Phil Lewis, Jeremiah Morris, and Christina Gregory National Center for O*NET Development


The National Center for O*NET Development implemented a new, topical approach to the greening of the world-of-work. Occupations and education programs linked to “green topics” were identified. Concepts such as sustainability, climate adaptation, conservation, energy efficiency, and transportation touch on a broad range of occupations across the U.S. economy.

This paper describes the initial phase of the work which leveraged previous O*NET green research, while primarily using a linguistic approach to identify connections between green topics and 1) occupations, and 2) instructional programs. It also includes a listing of potential enhancement efforts to refine and extend the green-related information in the future.