Realistic Green Careers and Occupations

These green careers for the Realistic personality type are organized into "work groups." These are groups of jobs based on the traits of workers. In each group, the workers have similar interests, aptitudes, temperament, skills, and abilities.

The occupations are color coded to show which of the three groups of green occupations they are:

Green Increased Demand Occupations are green jobs that are unchanged but the greening economy is increasing the demand for them; more people are being hired to fill them.

Green Enhanced Skills Occupations are existing jobs that the green economy is changing; new skills and knowledge are needed.

Green New and Emerging Occupations are entirely new green careers and jobs.

Jobs with a (*) are “in demand” according to the U.S. Department of Labor – meaning they are projected to have increased numbers of jobs.

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It is best if you look at your two top personality types. When you are finished with this page, you can see the “green” occupations for the other five Holland types by clicking: Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, or Conventional.

When you are finished, go to Final Steps.

1.01 Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural Inspector
Agricultural Technician
Precise Agriculture Technician
Farmer or Rancher
Forest or Conservation Worker

1.02 Safety & Law Enforcement
Fish and Game Warden

1.03 Engineering
Architectural or Civil Drafter
Automotive Engineering Technician*
Biofuels Processing Technician

Construction or Building Inspector*
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician*

Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technologist*
Electro-Mechanical Technician*
Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technologist
Energy Auditor

Environmental Engineering Technician*
Forest or Conservation Technician
Geographic Information Systems Technician
Geophysical Data Technician
Industrial Engineering Technician*

Industrial Engineering Technologist
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist
Mechanical Engineering Technician or Technologist

Mechanical Engineer*
Nanotechnology Engineering Technician & Technologist
Nuclear Equipment Operation Technician
Photonics Technician
Remote Sensing Technician or Technologist
Wind Turbine Service Technician

1.04 Transportation & Distribution
Bus Driver
Locomotive Engineer
Railroad Conductor and Yardmaster

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collector
Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspector*
Truck Driver*

1.05 Construction Crafts & Support
Cement Mason

General Maintenance & Repair Worker*
Hazardous Materials Removal Worker*

Insulation Worker
Pipefitter, or Steamfitter*

Solar Photovoltaic Installer
Solar Thermal Installer and Technician
Structural Iron & Steel Worker
Structural Metal Fabricator & Fitter
Weatherization Installer and Technician

1.06 Crafts-Mechanical
Automotive Specialty Technician*
Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer*

Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer

1.07 Crafts-Electrical-Electronic
Electrical & Electronic Installer or Repairer, Commercial & Industrial Equipment
Electrical Power-Line Installer & Repairer

1.08 Crafts-Metal, Wood, Plastic, Fabric
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, or Systems Assembler*
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal or Plastic

Sheet Metal Worker*

Welder, Cutter

1.10 Systems Operation
Chemical Plant and System Operator
Methane/Landfill Gas Collection System Operator
Nuclear Power Reactor Operator
Power Plant Operator*

Power Distributor and Dispatcher
Stationary Engineer and Boiler Operator

1.11 Equipment Operation
Continuous Mining Machine Operator*
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operator
Operating Engineer
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

Service Unit Operator, Oil, Gas, and Mining

1.12 Manufacturing & Production
Chemical Equipment Operator or Tender
Electrical or Electronic Equipment Assembler
Engine or Other Machine Assembler

Inspector or Tester
Machine Setter, Operator, or Tender (Cutting, Punching, Press Machine, Drilling, Boring Machine)
Mixing and Blending Machine Setter, Operator, or Tender

Recycling and Reclamation Worker
Solderer or Brazer
Structural Metal Fabricator or Fitter

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