Fast Company has compiled their list of the best green jobs for the next decade. They are as follows:

1. Conservation Biologist
2. Green MBA and Entrepreneur
3. Recycler
4. Sustainability Systems Developer
5. Urban Planner
6. Farmer
7. Forester
8. Solar Power Installer
9. Energy Efficiency Builder
10. Wind Turbine Fabricator

Read the green job descriptions with the names of top hiring companies and schools for training.

To find out about more green job specialties that will be hot in the next decade, read our post  Best Green Jobs Metalist: 56 Top Green Careers Recommended By 11 Authoritative Sources

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.

  • Victoria Grandetta

    So where will the jobs be for women in the “Greening of America”. Most are for men, this concerns me.

    • Tracey de Morsella

      See, I disagree. These are career paths that have been dominated by men, however, that does not necessarily have to be the case. This list is too short. Review my list of 56 career paths Several of those career paths already have high numbers of women. For example, accountants, sustainability managers, interior design, educators, travel and hospitality, environmental lawyers and corporate social responsibility.

      What concerns me is that some people view jobs as “for men” or “for women” Howver, even if we decide to accept that women cannot take a green career path, a considerable amount of money has also been allocated for heathcare and education. Both fields that are dominated by women. That being said, I do not see green careers as an area women are excluded from.

      Some argue that there should be a comprehensive stimulus plan that promoted “pink collar jobs” – creating what they call a “carework economy. so in addition to education and healthcare, that would mean more jobs in child care, social services, home care, etc. Many pink-collar occupations are overcrowded and overall the wages are low. It seems to me that the green stimulus is an opportunity for women to break out of this rut. Women are more likely to be employed part-time and work without benefits….particularly in these field, earning considerably less than men. Creating more of these pink collar jobs will place even more women on that track.

      The idea of steering women away from certain fields and toward others that are more traditional seems to be reinforcing the very gender bias that these critics of the green stimulus are up in arms about. If sustainability is where the demand for jobs will be, why create a separate path for women. We should be encouraging women to pursue these careers and if they encounter barriers working to break them down.

      This has been done in the past for women in healthcare and the legal profession and I believe it can be done for women with regard to green careers.

      • Rhonda

        See, this is where I have the problem. Yes, these are jobs for men and have we not assumed enough in this economy? The housing market, the banking industry recovery, the greed of wallstreet,… crooked government that is constantly taking bribes. We have to have things in concrete now. We have assumed our nation into collaspe. We need our jobs back and a thriving industry for men and women alike. It appears the only one making any money these days are politicians and colleges that are selling education at a break nesk price and speed with no guarentee of a job. Where does this end? Our politicians have sold out the American Dream.

  • Kyle

    Disagree. Anybody can become 1. Conservation Biologist.

    Entrepreneur? Recycler? these here are top 3. Just because there is farmer/installer listed the assumption has been made that this is strictly for men.

    Its like anything else, it depends on your determination and drive, to be destined for success.