Thoughts from Hinton Human Capital on the Job Market
The debt crisis and new environmental regulations will have a strong effect on the green, environmental & infrastructure job market in late 2011. The top competitor for all job seekers will not be other candidates, but the economic, financial and regulatory uncertainties that face corporate management. Hiring managers will be cautious about opening new jobs unless there an immediate return on investment or a project coming in the door.Therefore, it will be important for job seekers to demonstrate that their abilities, experience and skills can fill an important void and produce an immediate positive impact on the company bottom line. Here is the summation of our thoughts for the latter part of the year.
“Hiring in the Green, Envronmental and Infrastructure job sector will continue but at a slower, more cautious pace.”
Look for a “Hard Hat Mentality” From Political Leaders
Although infrastructure is a proven method of job creation, the chance for a large scale infrastructure stimulus package in United States is remote. However, job seekers should expect a lower level ”hard hat” mentality from political leaders where they will push through infrastructure construction projects that will put thousands of people to work in a short period of time. These projects will be a direct effort to raise tax revenues; change the public psyche and create jobs.
Here are the 3 Hottest Green, Environmental & Infrastructure Jobs for Late 2011
- Water/Wastewater Infrastructure: There will be a slowing effect on this market because of financial issues but many of the large water projects are driven by EPA court actions and heightened regulations. Water utilities required by these consent decrees to replace old underground infrastructure to stop untreated sewer discharges into local rivers and streams. Expect the demand for engineers, construction managers and field construction workers with underground utility experience go up at certain time of the design and construction process.
- Recycling/Scrap Industries: The scrap metals industry did $29 billion in exports last year and there is a good chance to repeat that amount if commodity prices, the debt crisis and the economic outlook do not deteriorate further. Recyclers will be looking for General Managers, Sales, labor positons and Environmental Health & Safety professionals
- Air Quality/Pollution Controls: The EPA just finalized a regulation that will force energy utilities to install new pollution controls in old coal fired plants; convert old coal fired plants to natural gas or shut them down. These projects will need engineers, scientists, pollution control installers and inspectors to get the job done.
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