These Are The 10 States In America With The Most Green Jobs

By McLeod Brown - May. 16, 2018

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Recently there has been a lot of discussion about coal and manufacturing jobs and the decline in both industries. Ideas centered around bringing those jobs back have been one of the news cycle’s hot topics since the 2016 election.

But what about the opposite end of the spectrum? The importance and potential boon for green jobs isn’t something that should be ignored, either.

A new report from the International Labour Organization shows that 1.2 billion jobs worldwide depend on a “stable and healthy environment.” By following the recommended policies in reaching the Paris Agreement’s goal, 18 million new jobs worldwide could be created by 2030.

Green jobs continue to rise in the United States, too, with solar panel installers and wind turbine technicians ranking as the top two fastest growing occupations in the country.

This got us wondering, where are all of these green jobs anyways?

Turns out, all over the place.

States With The Most Available Green Jobs

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Illinois
  4. Georgia
  5. Texas
  6. Colorado
  7. New York
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Alabama
  10. Arizona

States With The Most Available Green Jobs Per Capita

  1. Iowa
  2. Colorado
  3. Delaware
  4. Alabama
  5. Connecticut
  6. Georgia
  7. Alaska
  8. Arkansas
  9. California
  10. Illinois

Summary of findings

  • Most of the top states with the most available green jobs per capita tend to be ones you think – southern, rural states (Alabama, Arkansas) and scenic states (Colorado, Alaska)
  • Iowa has the most green jobs available per capita which checks out when you realize how much corn, eggs, and other crops the state produces
  • California has the most available green jobs in general, which also makes sense since the state is requiring solar panels on all new homes
  • New York is the state with the least available green jobs per capita, but that’s because the state’s population is so large
  • Wyoming has the least available green jobs in total

How we did it

We searched all jobs posted on our website, Zippia, for four keywords – environmental, solar, wind, biofuel. We were then able to see which state each job was listed in.

After compiling each state’s jobs with these keywords in their postings, we divided the total count of each state by that state’s population to give us the per capita amount.

Lastly, for the chart below, we compiled the most common job titles on our website with those same keywords in their descriptions.

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  • Sales positions dominate the top three positions on our list – think environmental service sales positions – installation, consultant services, etc.
  • General job titles such as maintenance technicians and mechanics make appearances on our list
  • Engineers are also common on our list as well
  • The higher paying positions on our list tend to require higher education

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McLeod Brown

McLeod Brown is a former writer and researcher for the Zippia Career Advice blog. His work at Zippia focused on understanding the relationship between colleges, debt, and jobs. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BA in Business Administrator, he is now pursuing a masters of science in analytics from the Institute of Advanced Analytics.

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