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
In 2013, the COE surveyed more than 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.
Within the survey, six occupations were selected for closer analysis:
- 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
Thousands of jobs are
created to support efforts that reduce energy usage, eliminate waste, and produce green products.
The purpose of this research brief is to approximate the demand for jobs that require green-related certifications in Northern California through analysis of job postings by employers across California.
Workforce Trends & Needs in Green Sectors (pdf) - October 2011
Presented at the CCCAOE Fall 2011 Conference, this presentation incorporates data from solar and water studies. Also explored were results of a year-long examination of "green jobs" conducted in partnership with the EDD's Labor Market Information Division (LMID), which focused on identifying the impact of "green" in creating new tasks, skills, and knowledge areas for today's workforce.
Understanding the Green Economy: A Community College Perspective (pdf) - June 2009
In Understanding the Green Economy - A Community College Perspective, the COE approach to studying green industries and occupations is mapped out, creating a foundation for further study by defining green industries and occupations, classifying green clusters within traditional industries, and identifying traditional occupations evolving into green jobs.
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
The Green Industries & Jobs report previews the COE approach to identifying green industries and occupations, and includes, where possible, preliminary data and information, and related existing community college training programs.
A summary of the Green Industries & Jobs report, the Research Briefing (pdf) is also available.
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