Employers’ demand for green jobs in the US is far more than the available labor force, a new report from LinkedIn has revealed.
The company’s data reveals the number of green jobs has increased by 237 percent over the last five years.
This is compared to a 19 percent rise in oil and gas jobs over the same period.
The report says: “At this pace, we are predicting that the renewables and environment sector will outnumber oil & gas in total jobs on our platform by 2023.”
It reveals there has been a steady rise in the demand for job postings requiring “green skills” like “ecosystem management,” “environmental policy,” and “pollution prevention.”
Sustainable fashion is the fastest-growing sector in the world.
However, the data also reveals a massive problem – green jobs make up 10 percent of hiring in 2021, compared to 50 percent for non-green jobs.
The report says: “We are nowhere close to having sufficient green talent, green skills or green jobs to deliver the green transition.
The good news for applicants is that they should be able to get a job, but businesses looking for staff will find it tough to get enough people.
Demand for green job skills rose by eight percent between 2016 and 2021, but the supply of skills was only up by six percent.
LinkedIn found: “Without faster growth in the number of people bringing green skills to the jobs that require them, we are not going to have sufficient human capital to meet our climate targets.”
LinkedIn’s figures come from hiring and job positing data on the website and finds certain jobs were like to outgrow average hiring between 2019 and 2029.
It says demand for conservation scientists and green chemists was expected to be five percent above average employment rates; while environmental scientist and hazardous material removal jobs were expected to grow eight percent faster than the average average — and solar photovoltaic installers at 50 percent faster.
LinkedIn also noted the demand for job skills like sustainable fashion, oil spill response, ecosystem management and proficiency in solar systems all grew by more than 50 percent between 2016 and 2021.
One role to grow hugely in demand was that of the turbine technician – which has increased by 90 percent.
Another was solar consultants, up by 60 percent.