Analysis of green clusters, sector 4

Published on Jun 29, 2009

Updated on Nov 3, 2022

Written by Emsi Burning Glass

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The first table (4-A) deals with “green increased demand” occupations, as classified by O*NET Resource Center, for the Green Construction cluster; the second table (4-B) relates to “green enhanced skills” occupations for the same cluster.

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  • The losses seen in this cluster are widespread: every occupation in Table 4-A has shown decline except for Boilermakers. Construction laborers and carpenters have shed over 400,000 positions since 2007.

  • For the most part, the wages for the Green Construction cluster are noticeably lower than other clusters. This is partly due to the more low-skill labor associated with the construction. Even in Table 4-B, which focuses on occupations with enhanced skills, the average is $20.43 per hour.

  • A bright spot comes from Urban and regional planners and Power plant operators, both of which have shot up in growth pretty substantially. Urban planners require a Master’s degree on average, while Power plant operators need quite a bit of real-world training.

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