Texas Green Jobs Guidebook

Job seekers: Meet Texas' new green economy

In this challenging economy, Texans are looking for available jobs and rewarding careers. An emerging area with great growth potential is green jobs. For example, national projections for smart grids alone include hundreds of thousands of related jobs.

With a prepared workforce, Texas and Texans will have a competitive advantage attracting investment and development in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other low-carbon technologies.

This guide provides:

  • Profiles of more than 200 green jobs emerging or already available in Texas, including salary and educational requirements.
  • Resources for finding valuable apprentice programs.
  • A user-friendly directory, reviewed by the Texas Workforce Commission, for all job seekers regardless of their current skill set. Policymakers, students and career-changers may also find the guidebook a useful reference tool.

Different kind of job guide

Most green employment reports focus on high-level statistics, overall trends and general job types.

This guidebook, reviewed by the Texas Workforce Commission, is a user-friendly directory for all job seekers regardless of their current skill set. Policymakers, students and career-changers may also find the guidebook a useful reference tool.

Many green careers are available to applicants with less formal education and less traditional job experience. And many green jobs build on experience in manufacturing, installation, fabrication and operations for new careers in energy efficient plumbing, air conditioning, refrigeration installation and maintenance, solar panel distribution and installation, and more.

These careers present major opportunities for individuals who face traditional barriers to employment and are real pathways out of poverty.

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Author Kate Zerrenner explains what's in the guidebook and its importance for Texas.

Green jobs in California


Opportunities for job seekers of all skill sets are also growing in California.

See the California Green Jobs Guidebook »