Green Industry Engineers Wanted

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 28, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Undecided about your major and future career?

Consider going green.

In The Economist, Oliver Morton sites the world has a shortage of “green engineers.” Morton states, “The commitments already made by some large economies require an extremely large capacity to get new energy systems in place quickly. That includes making sure that there are the people around to design and build them.”

Why the shortage of people? Very few Western countries are producing engineers. But without strong government funding of research on the table, Morton believes that won’t help to captivate students to enter this field. However, the future job opportunities might entice them. With the solar and wind industries beginning to benefit from government programs, those industries will be competing for engineers and designers.

Morton believes that, “…leaders of the environmental movement, and politicians who aspire to such leadership, might do well to encourage the young to apply their idealism to their choice of career path.” While students who advocate riding bikes instead of using cars are helpful, it’s advised if you want to really change the world’s fossil fuel usage, get an education in green engineering.

Women are graduating in record numbers from college today, but they still are a minority in the field of engineering. If you are a female and undecided about your major, consider investigating this high paid field with a promising future.

Recently in California, a groundbreaking law was passed by Governor Jerry Brown decreeing that by the year 2020, 33% of the state’s energy will be renewable. And that’s great news for California’s unemployed–and the rest of America too. For more about this story and the green industry, see my Edublog post of Wednesday, at Work Experience.