Highlights of Greenbuild Conference 2013
The highlight of this year’s Greenbuild Expo held in Philadelphia, PA November 20-22, was
Hilary Clinton, who showed up to praise the green-builders, solar installers and energy efficiency retrofitters for turning what was all but
a lost cause, into some hope that we may still have time to avert the horrible disasters awaiting climate change.
Clinton said she first learned t hat energy efficiency was good for business back in 1993 (though the biz.ed Guide has reported this fact since 1986 when we tried to warn the NJ Tourism industry that the garbage being dumped off the Jersey Shore would adversely affect their business. It took a year before they understood this and then joined Save Our Shores in successfully acting against the polluters).
We’re on the right track, but obviously so much more needs to be done in the way of stopping the senseless, dangerous burning of fossil fuels and nuclear explosions just to get energy, only to waste it.
There were hundreds of workshops on green topics as diverse as “Giving Occupants the Power to Save Energy” to “The True Story of a Net Zero Energy Building” and “Pitching Efficient Technologies to Building Owners,” which I attended.
Jobs, Trends and Sustainability
If money were no object, what would you desire to do? Alan Watts, the famous philosopher, posed this question, adding that when you do what you really enjoy doing, you’ll get good at it and will be able to get a good fee for it. That’s not to say you won’t do other jobs in the meantime to support yourself, as even Alan Watts began working at a printer, then a bank, prior to earning a master’s in theology, and eventually becoming an expert in eastern religions and philosophies, a college professor in California and going on to author more than 25 books and articles on the meaning of life.
This article is about jobs: which industries are growing, which aren’t, degrees and/or experience required to obtain them, along with an update on the unemployment situation. If you’re not doing what you enjoy, perhaps this information will present some new options or ones that have been on your mind at some time.
The Unemployment/Employment Situation: Value of A Degree
When there’s high unemployment it’s an employer’s market. Today many more employers expect college degrees partly because graduates have generally demonstrated they have motivation to complete a goal and work on their careers. Even jobs such as clerks and office assistants may require college degrees. The best-paying jobs between now and 2020 will be offered to people who have technical skills plus master’s or nursing degrees.
The national jobless rate in August was at 7.3 percent, down from 8.1 percent a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s only a 0.8 percentage point lower than in August 2012. During this year, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 29 states, decreased in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in Montana.
The total labor force, currently about 155 million people (out of a population of 315 million), is defined by the BLS as the civilian non-institutional population that is 16 years of age and older residing in the US who are not inmates of institutions (penal, mental facilities, homes for the aged), and who are not on active duty in the Armed Forces. So, out of the 155 million in the labor force, about 143 million have jobs and 12 million want to have jobs but don’t.
If you don’t have a High School diploma, the unemployment rate jumps to 12.2%. With just a diploma it’s 8.1%. With some college or an associate degree, the unemployment rate is 6.5% and if you have a bachelor’s degree or higher, it’s down to 3.8%.