The Green Buildings market will surge forward as building design, professionals, corporations, contractors and real estate professionals upgrade older buildings over next 10 years. To reach this goal, it will be essential for these professionals to have the knowledge and skills needed to deliver successful projects. Here are a few things we see that will be important in the coming years.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)/ 3D Computer Aided Design:BIM allows buildings to be designed in 3D environments where professionals and owners can “tour” the building and visualize the construction of building at different levels before construction starts. BIM, if used properly, allow design professionals and owners to choose building materials; resolve construction issues and avert cost overruns. Professionals who have “hands on” experience with BIM will be in demand.
Estimating/Scheduling:In these post recession times, man hoursand materials are expensive commodities. Estimating and scheduling professionals who understand how to negotiate prices, procure the sustainable and recycled materials and resolve scheduling issues will be in high demand. (See our article on the 7 Hottest Certifications For 2010 ).
Energy/Facility Management: The true value of a green building is in how it operates and saves resources. Energy and Facility managers will be tasked with making sure green buildings operate within LEED standards by managing billing rates, building automation systems, construction, maintenance and resource consumption. The federal government has already start hiring energy managers for military facilities. (See our article 27 Areas of Potential Job Growth).
Construction Management: Construction Management is a critical component of any green building project. Construction managers must be adept at managing employees, efficiently using resources and troubleshooting construction issues while maintaining profitability.
Building Systems Maintenance: Manygreenbuildings have advanced computerized automation systems, climate control and on-site power generation.In order to repair these systems, Facility Managers and Maintenance professionals will have to be skilled craftpeople as well as adept information technologists.Those who can fix power generators, HVAC, water purification systems and do routine maintenance who see ample opportunities in the coming years.
These are some the knowledge areas that green building professionals will need for future job opportunities. Thanks for reading
When I wrote that Forestry was going to be a potential area of career growth in the green economy, I could hear the snickering from across the country. How canthe ultimate “tree hugger” job be a catalyst for climate change? Well, most people know that trees and plants absorb carbon dioxide from high school science class. Now we are learning how valuable trees and plants can be in the removal and storage (sequestration) of carbon from the atmosphere.
Let me explain how this career field has become more important. Part of the US Climate Change bill calls for the use of forest lands as offsets or credits. Whether you agree or not with science behind climate change or the trading scheme, one thing is sure: People are beginning to realize that planting trees may be bigger business than cutting them down. Forestry is a job that will be on the front lines of the battle against climate change. Check out this article from Science Daily and decide for yourself:
The electrical grid like other parts of the American infrastructure hold great job and entrepreneurial opportunities for those who want to pursue them. As part of Hinton Human Capital’s ongoing campaign to make the general public aware of job opportunities in the Climate Change, Environmental and Infrastructure markets, here is a list of 9 SMART GRID conferences and events, compiled by our friends at the NILON GROUP, that will provide job seekers and entrepreneurs will information on companies, projects and jobs.
I am sure that many of you have heard the political rancor over Green and Stimulus related jobs. Whether you agree or disagree with how many jobs were “saved” versus “created” from the stimulus bill, there is a positive trend in the economy worth talking about: Environmental and Infrastructure job openings are heating up.
Different from manufacturing and other career fields, there has been acute shortage of workers in these industries for years and plenty of work to be done. (See ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card). The Minnesota bridge collapse; potholes in the streets; traffic congestion; dilapidated buildings and contaminated factory sites are all reminders that our environmental and infrastructure problems must to be addressed (check out this documentary on America’s Infrastructure).
Once the money starts flowing again, these industries will go back to their “normal” short of people and overwhelmed with work. Here are some suggestions that job seekers should consider when weighing their options:
If you are considering going back to college for a degree consider a civil, environmental engineering or science degree.
If a degree is out of the question and consider a class in CAD (Drafting) or becoming an environmental technician.