A majority of the green-collar workers polled by the University of California-San Diego's extension program and Sustainability: The Journal of Record would recommend working in the green industry to their children.
A large number also said their job could lead to a promotion; 62 percent of the people surveyed said their job had advancement potential. In addition, green jobs generally pay well: Forty-three percent of the 366 people that UCSD and Sustainability surveyed earn more than $75,000 per year.
Some of those high earners lived in cities, but many work in less-developed areas, as well. "Interestingly, almost as many of those at the upper end of the salary echelon work in suburbs as in large cities with populations of one million or more," Sustainability editor Lori Tripoli said.
Corporations may need more sustainability experts in the future. Eighty-six percent of survey respondents said sustainability was being incorporated into companies' design and decision-making more often than in the past.
And a recent "solar jobs census" conducted by the Solar Foundation and Cornell University projected that payrolls in the solar industry will expand by 26 percent in 2011.