Careers & Internships
At least 3.1 million Americans are employed in green jobs, a sector that now accounts for about 2.4 percent of the nation’s total employment. A 2008 report for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Mayors Climate Protection Center projected 2.5 million new green jobs in the energy sector of the U.S. economy alone by 2018 (330% more than estimated to exist at the time the report was issued).
Total projected new jobs by 2028 was 3.5 million (+466% vs. 2008) with an additional 4.2 million new jobs by 2038 (+560%). For the metropolitan areas of Ohio, the projected growth was higher than the national average, an increase of 780% in new green jobs by 2038, and the Cincinnati metro region had almost 800% projected growth.
With respect to prospective careers for students majoring in economic sustainability, there is job growth potential in a variety of relevant job categories, such as Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Manager, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainability Consulting Analyst, and Environmental Analyst, as well as more general categories (Economist, Market Research Analyst, Survey Researcher, Economics Teacher, Consultant).
For WCB graduates overall, the average starting salary for the class of 2010: $41,057 and 90 percent were employed full-time or enrolled in graduate studies within 180 days of graduation; 72 percent secured a job prior to graduation. Eighty-one percent of WCB graduates completed internships during college.
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