Green Jobs Now: Illinois

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We estimate that there are over 30,712 workers across core, enabled, and enabling green jobs
in Illinois’ green economy, and there were 9,045 green job openings in the state in 2021. By
comparison, this is more than twice the demand for general accountants in Illinois. Demand for
these green workers is also growing rapidly, which may put a strain on the training community
helping to develop the next generation of green workers. We project that in the next five years,
employment for green jobs will increase by 6.5%.

Green jobs have shown stability in Illinois in recent years. Looking from 2018 through 2021,
there has been steady and significant demand for core, enabled, and enabling green jobs. While
we see demand across Illinois for green workers, the greatest concentration is in the Chicago
metro area with 71.5% of all green job postings in 2021. The strong uptick in green job demand
in 2021 in Illinois is an indication that the green economy in the state is strengthening. Coupled
with projected demand above the national average for the next five years, there is a promising
outlook for green jobs in the state.

Job announcement: Science Writer, University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering

Closing date: 06/06/2022
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The Office of Marketing & Communications (OMC) at The Grainger College of Engineering seeks a Science Writer who is responsible for writing and editing high-level communications, publications, and materials with research-related subject matter. Designs, researches, and writes technical and research-related press releases, news and feature stories for print and web.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Two job opportunities at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is hiring for two positions.

  • Science, Environmental Health and Safety Support Specialist — The individual in this position will help research environmental and health hazards of chemicals that may be added to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act list. The Science EHS Support Specialist will gather information on chemical toxicity and effects, help to define chemical categories, and identify alternatives, as well as provide support at Science Advisory Board meetings.
  • Environmental Justice, Social Justice Consultant — TURI seeks a consultant to provide an analytical report on communities in Massachusetts that are disproportionately impacted by the use and release of toxic chemicals. The current state of environmental justice and inequality among workers in Massachusetts are the primary themes of the analysis. The report will be used internally to help TURI identify opportunities to further strengthen the protection of vulnerable and sensitive groups, such as communities of color and migrant workers, among others.

The demand for green skills is growing globally

Read the full story at Clean Technica.

Many clean energy industries and companies, including Tesla, rely on green skills to produce their products and services. With the transition to zero emissions underway, more and more companies will need a workforce with green skills, which will require support across a variety of sectors.

The profession of sustainability is doing just fine

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Sustainability professionals are thriving. That in itself is news.

When the 2008 recession came around, the sustainability function inside companies suffered as many positions were shed as part of cost-saving (euphemistically, “rightsizing”) measures. By the time the recession ended in 2010, only about one in four companies said they planned to add dedicated sustainability resources. A decade later, in 2020, that number had roughly doubled, to nearly six in 10 companies.

Today, 76 percent of respondents from large companies reported an increase in head count, an 18-point jump since 2019 — “a strong indicator of sustainability’s importance within the largest companies,” according to the latest “State of the Profession” report just published by GreenBiz Group.

The report tracks trends among sustainability professionals inside both large and smaller companies. This year’s report, the seventh biennial since 2010, is based on nearly 1,500 anonymous survey responses collected during November and December 2021 among members of the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel, with additional respondents reached through partnerships with Weinreb Group Sustainability Recruiting, Global Reporting Initiative and Environmental Defense Fund. Among survey respondents, 56 percent were employed by large organizations — those with revenues greater than $1 billion — and 81 percent of those live and work in the United States.

Indiana DEM seeks engineers for two pollution prevention and compliance assistance positions

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Office of Program Support,  Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance Section is hiring for two Senior Environmental Management positions.  Both are regional positions that cover pollution prevention voluntary programs as well as provide compliance and technical assistance to businesses and others needing confidential regulatory assistance. 

One is located in the  IDEM Northwest Regional Office in Valparaiso, Indiana (Close to Chicago, IL) and the other is in the IDEM Southwest Regional Office in Petersburg, IN (near Evansville, IN)

Specialization comes to the sustainability career

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Sustainability is becoming embedded into business strategy. So companies are transforming sustainability generalist roles from tactical responsibilities such as monitoring natural resource usage to strategic ones, such as developing long term sustainability strategies and integrating that within broader business context. And this next generation of sustainability workers will need to keep up.

Louisiana looks to clean energy technology to heal environment and create jobs

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

The green economy is still a small slice of the overall Louisiana economy, but it is growing and will continue to grow, according to our new report, Green Jobs Now: Louisiana, produced by WorkingNation and Emsi Burning Glass, a data research firm and our partner in our ongoing reporting on opportunities in the green economy around the country.

How I got my job as an Antarctic climate researcher

Read the full story at Fast Company.

It may take a lot of years in school, but Dr. Craig Cary has a pretty awesome job studying underwater bacteria in the deep sea and drilling into an active active volcano. Here’s what it’s really like.

Pennsylvania is a ‘window on the future’ of the green economy

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

WorkingNation’s Green Jobs Now series is looking at green jobs opportunities and the skills needed to get those jobs across the country with a series of state-by-state reports and is republished with permission. Up first: Pennsylvania.

There is no question the green economy is already bigger than most people think, and it’s growing. Job opportunities are out there, if you know where to look.

One person already working in Philadelphia’s green economy is Pedro Soto. Seven years ago, Soto’s sister-in-law suggested he apply to PowerCorpsPHL, a green jobs training program. He said she told him, “‘Why don’t you try this? It’s training. This is something to build off of.'”

“When I came into PowerCorps, I realized, ‘Wow, I can work outside. This is something I can do,’” Soto tells us. “I even had a mentor who is Hispanic. That just blew my mind because I didn’t know that was a possibility like, ‘Wow, somebody who looks like me is actually working in this field and is making a decent-to-great living.’”

We’ll get back to Soto’s journey a little later. But he’s not alone. Many people don’t realize that the opportunities to join the green workforce are within reach.