Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Green Jobs in Massachusetts

Even as unemployment rates climb, there are opportunities in our area for new careers greening the energy infrastructure of the Bay State and New England.

Recent news stories and links that may lead you to a new job:

Tri-County Regional Tech in Franklin offers a continuing ed course in Photovoltaic Solar Panel Installation. The course starts on Saturday, September 26th and costs $450. One neat thing about this course is that it is scheduled on 4 Saturdays, so if you're still employed, you can test this new field with a weekend course!

Today's Boston Globe includes news that the number of jobs in our solar industry doubled between 2007 and 2008. Should continue to increase, if the Patrick administration can use the Obama energy stimulus plans to keep building more sun-powered facilities in Massachusetts. A formal announcement will be made today at the Cleantech Forum XXIII, happening in Boston.

Of course, sometimes the green economy takes a few media hits - as was obvious this week when Van Jones left the Obama administration precipitously... but news coverage of the Jones snafu's often included the big picture of what he, the President and so many are trying to do. A Google search for Van Jones plus Green Jobs produces over 43 Million results!

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