Posted by Terri Lester
As the debate on global warming continues, twelve states are actively educating companies and the public on the need for investments in good "green" jobs. What they have found is that there are job opportunities for the green economy. They also provide provide a state-by-state picture of occupations that gain from "green investments". Here are some of the observations they make about Indiana:
Solving global warming will require all kinds of workers with a wide range of skills. Tens of thousands
of Hoosiers have good-paying job skills that are representative of a broad range of skills needed to build clean energy solutions:
- Carpenters will be needed to make buildings more energy efficient. There are nearly 24,000 carpenters in Indiana, paid an average of nearly $18 per hour.
- Electricians are essential to expanding mass transit solutions. There are 15,000 electricians in Indiana, paid an average of nearly $24 per hour.
- Operations Managers are needed to manufacture of energy-efficient automobiles. There are nearly 25,000 operations managers in Indiana, paid an average of nearly $42 per hour.
- Machinists craft essential components for wind power. There are nearly 15,000 machinists in Indiana, paid an average of over $17 per hour.
- Welders are vital to solar power manufacturing. There are over 12,000 welders in Indiana, paid an average of over $15 per hour.
- Industrial Truck Drivers transport supplies and fuels for the cellulosic biofuels sector. There are nearly 22,000 industrial truck drivers in Indiana, paid an average of over $14 per hour.
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