Study: Americans Are in the Dark on Green Jobs

By Laura Walter, EHS Today, June 2, 1020.

The vast majority of Americans have yet to understand how to access green job opportunities created by billions of dollars invested in such programs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a new survey shows.

The national survey, which was commissioned by the Career College Association (CCA), indicates that nearly 94 percent of American adults believe people would be at least somewhat likely to consider pursuing green-related education if the federal government were to provide a financial incentive. However, only 1 percent have already obtained or are obtaining education for green jobs.

The survey found that while more than 70 percent of American adults are familiar with the idea of green jobs, a much smaller percentage have seized on the numerous opportunities presented in the field today.

Knowledge about green job opportunities and training is much higher among those with greater education. College graduates are almost twice as likely as those with only a high school degree or less to know about the growing availability of green jobs (41 percent versus 22 percent), meaning that those who might benefit the most from green jobs access and training are likely to know the least about it.

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