Greening of the World of Work: Revisiting Occupational Consequences

An updated Greening of the World of Work: Revisiting Occupational Consequences follows up on the 2009 Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations.

In this updated version, published in December 2011 for the U.S. Department of Labor, authors Erich C. Dierdorff DePaul University and North Carolina State University; Jennifer J. Norton, Christina M. Gregory North Carolina State University; and David Rivkin, Phil Lewis National Center for O*NET Development, present the current state of the green economy, outline major workforce development challenges facing the green economy, and present updated research on green new and emerging occupations.

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Section-by-section summary:

  • Section I briefly describes the 2009 report, discussing the contributions of the occupational greening concept to the world of work and the adoption of the concept into numerous O*NET products and tools.
  • Section II summarizes the 12 green sectors and presents substantial changes in green activities and technologies, comparing the occupational implications described in the 2009 report to current occupational implications.
  • Section III discusses key challenges faced by the world of work due to the greening of occupations.
  • Section IV summarizes the review of 24 candidate Green New and Emerging occupations, original identified in the 2009 report, for inclusion in the current O*NET-SOC taxonomy.
  • Section V summarizes general conclusions on the current state of the green economy.

 

Seven appendices present data in Excel spreadsheet format:

Appendix A: Green Increased Demand Occupations by Sector (XLS – 61 KB)

Appendix B: Green Enhanced Skills Occupations by Sector (XLS – 70 KB)

Appendix C: Green New and Emerging Occupations by Sector (XLS – 69 KB)

Appendix D: Green Tasks for Green Enhanced Skills Occupations (XLS – 164 KB)

Appendix E: Green Tasks for Green New and Emerging Occupations (XLS – 241 KB)

Appendix F: BLS Growth Projections for Green Increased Demand Occupations (XLS – 47 KB)

Appendix G: BLS Growth Projections for Green Enhanced Skills Occupations (XLS – 54 KB)

 

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