What Can I Do Green With a Major In?

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Management
  • Management Systems Engineering

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology are concerned with the design, development, manufacture, and operation of a wide variety of energy conversion and machine systems, including developing conventional and alternate energy sources. These energy sources can include fossil fuel, and geothermal, solar, hydroelectric, and nuclear power generation systems essential in a “green” environment.  Industrial Engineers apply problem-solving techniques that are needed as systems and processes migrate to “green” techniques. Manufacturing Engineers and Technologists emphasize industrial engineering applications to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of the manufacturing sector of a “green” economy. Those in Engineering Management are technically trained individuals for leadership roles in “green” technologically based, project-oriented enterprises.


Green careers can be found within each of these job titles:

Manufacturing Consultant Safety Manager
Manufacturing Process Engineer Quality Control Engineer
Supply Chain Manager Packaging Engineer
Logistics Manager Hardware Engineer
Performance Engineer Human Factors Analyst
LEED Manager/Engineer Field Support Engineer
Plant Manager Sustainability Manager
Wind Turbine Engineer Green Building Consultant
Compliance Engineer Enterprise Risk Manager
Technical Trainer Strategic Planning Manager
HVAC Designer/Engineer Project Consultant
Power Plant Engineer Equipment Engineer
Operations Manager Technical Manager
Test Engineer Clean Energy Analyst
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Park Ranger
Product Quality Engineer Power Systems Engineer
Site Quality Engineer Building Maintenance Engineer
Maintenance Quality Leader Risk Analyst
Cost Engineer Machine Designer
Controls Engineer Capital Planning Engineer
Sales Engineer Acquisition/Procurement Manager
Design Engineer Production Engineering Manager
Reliability Engineer  

Green jobs can be found within the following industries:

Aviation Parts and Products Manufacturing Renewable Power & Energy
Consulting Product Manufacturing
Automotive Parts and Products Manufacturing Public Utilities
Building and Construction Distribution
Supply Chain Management Research
Logistics Management Building Services
Wind Turbine Manufacturing Organic Foods
Purchasing Agriculture
Transportation Consumer Products
Warehousing Recycling
Materials Management Military
Pharmaceuticals Risk Analysis
Paper Production Conservation
Petroleum Production Public Sector/Government

Green Internet Resources:

Greenbiz   Offers daily news on green business, business and climate change, and sustainable business practices.

MonsterTrak   Contains thousands of entry-level and internship opportunities, and career tools and advice

Indeed   Includes all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career. pages

Green Collar Economy  Provides information for businesses on energy, transportation, facilities, office, capital, professional services, and the environment. (site might be down)

Green Jobs Online   Provides green job listings for a broad cross section of industries.

Engcen   Job listings focused on engineering and computer technology.

Vault   Insider information on over 5,000+ companies and 70 industries; includes exclusive salary surveys on major employers.  Insider information on top education programs including MBA programs, universities and law schools. Includes exclusive student and alumni surveys, sample admission essays and other insider information.

Career Builder   Online job search centers for more than 1,000 partners, including 150 newspapers, America Online and MSN.

Treehugger   One-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information; contains blogs, daily news, radio show, and video segments.

Green Career Central   For those interested in green careers or owning a green business; offers step-by-step action plan, how-to articles, forums, teleclasses, and access to career/business experts.

Cool Climate Jobs   Source for climate change, renewable energy, and green collar jobs.

Enn (Environmental News Network)  Site to help nonprofits, governments and businesses from around the world get their information published and read by the people who have an interest in preserving the planet.

Stopdodo   Global site where job seekers can post resumes and employers post available positions, with an emphasis on green.

Center for Education & Research in Environmental Strategies   National network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.

Sustainable Business   Provides global news and networking services to help green business grow. Rather than covering a slice of the industry, it offers visitors a unique lens on the field as a whole, covering all sectors that impact sustainability: renewable energy/ efficiency, green building, green investing, and organics.

Association of Energy Services Professionals   Provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. Members work in the energy services industry and represent electric and natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and non-profit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy   Dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.  Projects are carried out by staff and selected energy efficiency experts from universities, national laboratories, and the private sector.  Areas of focus include energy policy, buildings and equipment, utilities, industry and agriculture, and transportation.

Green Careers Guide   Site offers green career categories with job descriptions, training required, training programs by state, and job listings. It also gives job search advice provided by careerbuilder.com.




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