About This Map

The Green Buildings Career Map is a highly interactive tool that explores an industry exploding with job opportunities across four major sectors of the green buildings and energy efficiency industry, charting possible progression between those occupations, and identifying the sorts of credentials necessary to do them well.

This engaging map is designed for a broad audience including educators, career-advisors, jobseekers, employers, policymakers, and workforce professionals. It demonstrates the breadth of the green buildings and energy efficiency industry, some of its critical occupations, and the multitude of advancement routes (over 300!) between jobs and sectors. The map also includes a section on “New-Collar” jobs within the industry—jobs that don’t require a traditional four-year degree, but rather rely on gaining skills through on-the-job training, high school technical education, on-the-job apprenticeships, vocational schools, technical certification programs, community colleges, the military, and internships. These 55 jobs have a mission to design, build, and operate high-quality, healthier, and more energy efficient homes and commercial and industrial buildings. We call them Green Buildings!

The Green Buildings Career Map was developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council in conjunction with a team of subject matter experts from across the green buildings and energy efficiency industry. This group of experts convened to identify, organize and articulate many of the most in-demand jobs in the sprawling and complex green buildings and energy efficiency industry. It is important to note that the Green Buildings Career Map does not include jobs from the manufacturing and research sectors of the energy efficiency industry.

Funding for the Map

Funding for the Green Buildings Career Map was made possible by a federal assistance agreement with the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Advanced Building Construction with Energy Efficient Technologies & Practices, Funding Opportunity Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0002099; Project Title: Supporting Growth of a Skilled Workforce in the Building Energy Efficiency Industry.