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Green-onomics is the business side of the green energy sector. With all the policy, design and manufacturing going on, we’ll need someone to make the deals and sell the systems! Whether it be conducting life cycle assessments or analyzing renewable energy markets, the environmental economics field will expand and require educated and qualified professionals. If you like to convince people of new ideas, enjoy the business world and are motivated by money, this is the career for you!

Renewable Energy Sales Representative
NREL
Are you passionate about renewable energy? Do you enjoy introducing family and friends to new ideas and getting them to think differently? Renewable energy sales representatives do that on a daily basis. This is an ideal position for anyone with a knack for sales and a passion for new technology.
You will be building close relationships with clients and offering different renewable energy options for homes and businesses. You will need to have a solid understanding of rebate guidelines and incentives and be up-to-date on all the latest products in the industry. Good customer service is essential and strong administrative skills will also come in handy.

Understanding: energy efficiency and renewable energy principles, knowledge of local climate and weather patterns

Skills: communication, organization, attention to detail, critical thinking, English

Experience in sales or customer service is usually required, and an educational background in environmental studies or communications may be useful. Useful courses include English, mathematics, computers, sociology, economics, political science, and geography.

Relationships: Creating and maintaining relationships with clients will be key, as a large part of your success will depend on your ability to sway the general public. You may also be required to meet sales quotas and encourage referrals.

Atmosphere: Depending on the nature of the position and the company, you may be required to travel frequently if you are responsible for a territory. You may also find yourself in a retail outlet that specializes in renewable energy sources.

As this type of position is largely commission-based, exact figures are not available. Some people, however, may have a base salary and commission.
Green Loan Officer
Tianna
Do you like finding ways to help people save money? As a green loan officer, you can help homeowners secure loans, grants, or reduced mortgage rates for energy-efficient home renovations or renewable energy projects. Many financial institutions and insurance companies are beginning to offer significant financial incentives for energy-efficient retrofits and renewable energy add-ons to the home.
You will need to meet with clients to determine their needs and complete paperwork for the loans. As the requirements for these types of loans vary among institutions, you may be required to have a broad knowledge of energy-efficiency guidelines and other grants, rebates, and programs available to the client depending on their needs.

Understanding: finance, energy efficiency principles, and an understanding of renewable energy technologies and government policies.

Skills: problem solving, decision-making, organization, research, report writing, analysis, computers, communication, English

A university degree in finance, economics, or business is necessary. Additional qualifications may be necessary as determined by the institution.

Relationships: Most communication is done with clients, though as part of a large bank, you may also meet with other loan officers and employees of the institution.

Atmosphere: Your time is spent almost entirely in an office. You may be required to travel to conventions or conferences to maintain skills and connections.

$50,000-$60,000
Green Business Development Manager
Mike Brigham
These days, a career in Business doesn’t have to mean working in a corporate office or as part of a financial institution. Indeed, behind every successful solar company, wind development firm, or innovative eco company is a business-savvy wheeler and dealer soliciting investors and making the big decisions! As going green continues to bring in big economic opportunity, more business-minded people will be needed to drive the industry forward.
As a Business Development Manager, you will be responsible for soliciting investors and developing business strategies to help your company expand. Depending on the size of your company, you may be making presentations to clients and potential investors, managing a sales team or working to develop key partnerships and business leads.

Understanding: knowledge of different renewable energy types and energy markets, knowledge of applicable green energy regulations (eg. the Feed-in-Tariff program)

Skills: communication, decision making, sales, project management, business

A college or university degree is necessary, though a combination of education and experience may be enough. Useful courses include business, marketing, economics, geography, physics, and environmental science.

Relationships: You will likely be working closely with clients, investors, and senior members of your company. You may also be managing a sales team and working with other business partners and consultants.

Atmosphere: You will spend most of your time in an office environment but may be required to travel for meetings or presentations.

$70,000-$95,000
Environmental Economist
Some say you can’t put a price on the environment, but that’s exactly what environmental economists do. While traditional economics focuses solely on profits and financial gains, environmental economics aims to revolutionize our economic system by placing a value on the things that typically don't end up on the corporate bottom line. Some of these new considerations include energy consumption, environmental effects, and social outcomes. Environmental economists consider the hidden cost of production and development, revealing the true gains and losses of all our actions. Examples include: the implication of lost ecosystems, the true cost of disposable items from production to disposal, and the amount of energy and resources it takes to build a home.
You may be required to make recommendations about economic policy instruments (like carbon taxes or trading systems); research local, national, and international markets; perform environmental evaluations, or develop new economic models.

Understanding: broad knowledge of environmental processes and economic principles, including life cycle analysis.

Skills: mathematics, research, analysis, communication, decision-making, organization, critical thinking.

University degrees in business, economics, or resource management are generally the minimum requirement. Courses in mathematics, calculus, economics, sociology, philosophy, and political science are all useful for this career.

Relationships: Working with government officials, other economists, or corporate officers, you will be conducting analyses, assessing costs, and making recommendations on a variety of environmental issues.

Atmosphere: Most of your time will be spent in an office, though some travel may be required for meetings. Opportunities may present themselves to also teach the skills and methods you have learned in a university setting.

$50,000-$70,000

Energy Manager
With energy costs on the rise, many companies and organizations are looking to Energy Managers to help them be smarter about their energy use. Energy Managers analyze an organization's energy use (including "peak times", or the times of day when the most amount of energy is being used) and help a company develop new, cost effective ways to be more energy efficient. In companies or organizations where renewable sources of energy are in place, the Energy Manager is also responsible for monitoring the energy output of those systems and reporting on its financial benefits. Working with a team, you will find ways to be as cost efficient as possible when it comes to your organization's energy use. If you've got an eye for detail and you love saving money and energy, then maybe this is the job for you!
Your responsibilities may include analyzing your organization's energy costs, developing energy efficiency programs, assessing renewable energy outputs, and developing cost effective ways to meet your organization's energy needs. You may also be expected to write detailed reports on your organization's energy use (including strategies to improve on it), as well as feasibility reports, which analyze new potential energy projects (like installing solar panels or replacing a lighting system) and determine whether they will be financially beneficial.

Understanding: energy efficiency and LEED principles, renewable energy sources, energy costs in the region, electrical and mechanical equipment (operations and maintenance), and power transmission principles.

Skills: mathematics, communication, technical language understanding, problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making.

A college degree in Energy Systems Engineering/Technology, or a related field is required in most cases, although a Licensed Electrician with a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation may also qualify. Useful courses include mathematics, economics, business, technology arts, and English.

Relationships: You may be managing a small team and communicating with various other departments in your organization.

Atmosphere: You will mostly be working in an office but may be required to do on-site monitoring and surveying.

$45,000-$60,000
Development Coordinator
CameraLady1
Money, money, money! We all know it won’t buy us happiness, but unfortunately, it’s a necessary part of running an organization. Many non-governmental organizations and charities rely solely on public and private funding to run their programs. As a Development Coordinator, you will be a key player in helping these organizations grow and carry out their important work. Your savvy communication skills will help secure both long and short-term funding to support important environmental initiatives. Some environmental organizations have been around for decades, while others are emerging as new concerns arise. If you're a born networker and passionate about communicating big ideas, this may be the career for you!
Your main responsibility will be to communicate the importance of your organization’s project to potential funders, and convince them that it is worthy of their financial support. Specifically, your duties will include developing a fund raising strategy, soliciting individual and corporate donors, researching available grants, and writing proposals.

Understanding: various environmental issues as determined by organization's agenda and goals

Skills: English, writing, communication, research, organization, analysis, problem solving, decision making, critical thinking.

A university degree in communications, public relations, or related field is a standard qualification. Relevant courses include English, sociology, political science, philosophy, and geography.

Relationships: As you will be interacting with a variety of people, you must be adaptable to each situation. You may be applying to government agencies, foundations, or businesses. It is very important to maintain good working relationships with potential donors and grant providers, so having a solid professional attitude will be key.

Atmosphere: Most of the time, you will be in an office, though some travel may be required for meetings and presentations.

$40,000-$80,000 (varies with experience)
Community Investment Manager
Do you wish the corporate world would lend a hand to support the community it serves? Community Investment Managers do just that. Working for large corporations, small businesses, charities, non-governmental organizations and financial institutions, Community Investment Managers help to fund projects that give back to the community. If you’re good with money, have great organization skills and love helping people, this could be the job for you!
Your duties will include allocating resources (loans, grants, gifts-in-kind donations, etc.), facilitating programs, managing staff and volunteers, and communicating with non-profit groups and community members. You will be responsible for presenting your organization’s vision to the media and may also be required to organize events and other activities to promote your company’s involvement in the community.

Understanding: community needs, health and social wellness issues, various environmental issues

Skills: problem solving, decision-making, organization, project management, research, report writing, communication, attention to detail

University degree in Communications, Public Relations, Business, or related field is necessary. Additional education or qualifications are an asset. Useful courses include English, mathematics, sociology, political science, philosophy, geography, and sciences.

Relationships: Working with a variety of stakeholders, you will communicate the ideas and goals of the organization. You may manage a team or work independently.

Atmosphere: Working largely in an office environment, though some travel may be required.

$30,000-$50,000