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Recycling & Materials Management

In 2013, the COE surveyed over 230 Recycling & Materials Management (R&MM) firms in California to better understand their workforce needs. Survey results indicate that more than 14,000 jobs could be created over the next two years, representing a 10% job growth rate over the period. More+

Focus on Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is an essential part of the state and regional economies and each year, billions of dollars in products are manufactured in California. This report focuses on the growth and job requirements of eight manufacturing occupations. When surveyed, employers projected creating nearly 1,800 new jobs in these 8 occupations over the next five years. More+

STEM in 20

STEM in 20, a COE research project in collaboration with the Institute for the Future (IFTF), takes an explorative look at innovations affecting workforce trends in the next 20 years, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM in 20+

"One of the jewels of the CCC Economic and Workforce Development Program and now an essential partner with campus research units for data gathering and analysis!"

George Boodrookas
Modesto JC

California's Green Economy

Industry and Workforce Studies

Since 2008, the Centers of Excellence have coordinated on several studies to assess the workforce needs of emerging and evolving green industries and occupations.

Reports and Research

Recycling and Materials Management Occupations (pdf) - December 2013

  • refuse and recyclable material collector
  • hazardous materials removal worker
  • recycling and reclamation worker
  • recycling coordinator
  • commercial/industrial designer working with recycled materials
  • manufacturing production technician working with recycled materials

For the six occupations studied, more than 7,400 jobs could be created by R&MM firms over the next two years, representing a 24% growth rate over the period. Download key findings from the study.

Green Certifications in Northern California (pdf) - November 2012

Workforce Trends & Needs in Green Sectors (pdf) - October 2011

Understanding the Green Economy: A Community College Perspective (pdf) - June 2009

Download the Green Framework files
As detailed in the Understanding the Green Economy - A Community College Perspective, the COE definition of green is translated into industry, occupational and community college program crosswalks. Download the Green Framework tables in Excel format for your own research projects.

Green Industry Framework (xls) - North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
Green Occupational Framework (xls) - Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)
Green Program Crosswalk (xls) - Taxonomy of Programs (TOP) and Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP).

Green Industries & Jobs in California (pdf) - February 2009

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