Green means growth.
And the green economy is bigger than you might think. Green jobs represented just 1% of all US jobs in 1970—but by 2030, they're expected to reach 14%, representing 24 million workers.
Lightcast and WorkingNation have produced a research initiative project called Green Jobs Now, where we use our data to help show what kinds of green jobs are available in different states, and how those patterns are likely to develop in the future.
This provides insight on projected growth (5.5% over five years), the top green skills requested by employers (renewable energy knowledge, listed in over 40,000 postings and offering an annual salary premium of about $5,600) and total jobs in the green economy (1.4 million).
Each individual report provides a deep dive into local green economies and real opportunities for real workers throughout the country—dive in below.
Green and Growing, State by State
Green Jobs Now: National
As new development and legislation continues to create investment in the green economy, we'll need new workers to fill those roles. Here are the national trends in sustainability.Read The National Report
Green Jobs Now: Texas
It's famous for its history in oil and gas, but the Lone Star State now leads the nation in renewable energy production, with nearly 12% projected growth in five years.Read More About Texas
Green Jobs Now: California
The biggest state economy in the US is made up of thousands of smaller communities relying on green jobs in countless ways and leads the country in innovation.Read More About California
Green Jobs Now: Iowa
All eyes are on the Hawkeye State as major corporations like Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple are building in Iowa to support its clean and renewable energy investments.Read More About Iowa
Green Jobs Now: Indiana
Employment in Indiana’s green economy is projected to grow by 29.2% over the next five years as clean energy offsets the state’s reliance on coal.Read More About Indiana
Green Jobs Now: Mississippi
Mississippi's rich natural resources and prime geographic location are fodder for explosive jobs growth as the region continues to bear the brunt of climate change.Read More About Mississippi
Green Jobs Now: Illinois
The birthplace of America’s labor movement, Illinois is taking on climate change by putting an emphasis on building a more diverse workforce with equitable access to green skills.Read More About Illinois
Green Jobs Now: Arkansas
Home to many major food operations, nearly every food found in stores can tie back to Arkansas’s farms and food facilities—putting renewed emphasis on sustainability.Read More About Arkansas
Green Jobs Now: Louisiana
Louisiana is one of the nation’s top energy producers, and while the green economy is still a small slice of the overall production, it's only going to grow.Read More About Louisiana
Green Jobs Now: Pennsylvania
Finally, Pennsylvania is making the jump between old and new energy sources, taking steps to ensure the transition benefits both the workforce and the environment.Read More About Pennsylvania