This is the third article in this Green Certifications series. People with the following certifications play key roles in infrastructure asset management, environmental cleanup, energy efficiency and green building design. My advice to professionals and job seekers is the talk to someone who has the certification, go to their meetings and research the benefits of the certification to find out if they fit with your long term goals.
Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP): GIS professionals create 2D and 3D maps digital maps based on geographic, demographic and topographic data which companies and consultants use to map their infrastructure assets (pipelines, sewers, bridges, sensor networks and other infrastructure) and make strategic decisions on new routes and construction. For instance, a county highway with 3 bridges needs to be widened to handle larger traffic volumes. A GIS map will tell the government transportation officials where underground utilities are located, property lines and other pertinent data Check out GIS maps here.
Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP): The BP oil gave America a crash course in environmental emergency response. Thousands of cleanup workers were trained and mobilized to deal with spilled oil on land and sea. Certified Hazardous Material Practitioners are technicians who protect the public by safely assessing, cleaning up and transporting hazardous materials like chemicals, medical and radioactive waste on a regular basis. This is not a profession for the faint of heart but for those with a heart to protect people and the environment. Click here
HVAC Technician: The recession has forced commercial real estate owners to monitor to look for more energy efficient HVAC systems to cut costs and improve indoor quality. HVAC technicians will have to install, program and maintain these advanced HVAC systems on a regular basis especially systems that run on alternative energy.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design):This certification now comes in several different forms depending on a person’s profession and level of involvement in the green building development process. If you are considering a career move into green building construction, operations, maintenance this is the certification that will set you apart.
We have been asked about IT and High Tech jobs coming available in the Green economy. Other than the huge investment in medical records technology, there is going to be a need for high tech professionals who can do the following:
GIS and Remote Sensing: The Smart Grid, infrastructure, industrial and energy facilities are controlled and monitored through a series of sensors, remote controls and digital communications. Professionals in this area will have to create code, databases and infrastructure needed for these systems to work properly.
Air Dispersion and Contaminant Fate and Transport Modeling: These professionals collect data on environmental contamination in the air, soil and water. They use databases and mathematical models to tell us how pollution travels through the ecosystem and its effects.
Environmental Risk professionals: These professionals help us to understand how environmental contaminants react in people, plants and wild life. In another area of risk assessment, they use computer decision models to help governments and companies make the right resources decisions.
Job seekers should look for opportunities where the programming or scientific skills can be a plus. Some programs to learn are: ARC GIS, CALPUFF and Modflow. We will have more information on Green Jobs later.
What are some green jobs you have heard about? Please comment.