- 27th January 2011
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Latest research in the United States suggests that millions of jobs could be created in the environmental sector which could lead the economic recovery and replace jobs in those industries which will never recover to be the same as they were before the recession.
The research, conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme, suggests that the new green jobs will emerge not only in the direct businesses and industries related to the environment, but right across the employment spectrum as companies and organisations are forced to make change to the way they work to fit in with new legislation.
The green jobs will go much of the way to replace the millions of more ‘traditional’ jobs which won’t return following the global recession. The convergence of automation and globalisation has resulted in permanent job changes across many industries. Manufacturing and construction jobs today and in the future are more technical than in the past, requiring more education and training for each employee, while middle management jobs are also on the decline.
The US Department for Labor has echoed this assessment of the future of the jobs market up to 2018, and has indicated that a significant proportion of jobs growth in this period will come in the form of green jobs. In addition, President Obama pledged to invest $150 billion in creating 5 million new green jobs within the US economy within ten years.
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