A few years ago there were only a handful of 'green jobs' in the ArkLaTex. Now the Louisiana Workforce Commission says the green sector is exploding. 'There are 1900 vacancies in the green economy in the state, those are good paying jobs,' says the Commission's Executive Director, Curt Eysink.
The Commission surveyed 10,000 Louisiana businesses to get an idea of just how many companies are operating using green practices. The primary or secondary responsibility in 1 out of 20 jobs in the ArkLaTex now uses green skills. Businesses such as recycling, home energy and alternative energy are seeking a more skilled workforce.
The survey also found that green jobs are expected to grow 13% in the next 8 to 10 years. These projections are higher than the state average for other industries.
Dr. Nathan Hutchings is President and C.O.O. of Emerald Surf Sciences, a company developing techniques to recycle water at oil manufacturing sites. While business might be booming in the drought, Dr. Hutchings is having a hard time finding workers with knowledge of oil fields and water chemistry. 'What we typically find is someone who is quite skilled in one or the other, and help give them on the job training,' he explains. 'The state is doing the right thing by trying to ask the right questions and looking at how they can directly put their dollars behind real opportunities to create jobs.'
Next week the Louisiana Workforce Commission will launch and new website and mobile application for smart phones to connect green job seekers with employers.
For more information you can visit www.laworks.net/green