Cameron’s comments on green jobs in mind, I came across this interesting
perspective on job creation from Andrew Winston. He believes that
we’ve been talking about the new economy jobs entirely the wrong way.
“Admit it, what do you picture when you hear the phrase “green jobs”?
Mainly solar installers and wind turbine mechanics, right? In a recent, skeptical
Newsweek article, the author laments that “green-tech workers – people who
do things like design and build wind turbines or solar panels – now make up
only 0.6 percent of the American workforce.” When described this way,
pursuing green jobs doesn’t seem like much of an economic growth plan.
defined green jobs do lie at the core of this new world, and they are in fact
growing fast, sometimes literally replacing what came before……But there are
more subtle shifts in labor going on as companies that did one thing in the old
economy are finding their skills useful in the new one. Another company, Global
Marine Energy, has been installing and maintaining undersea cables for over 150
years. After serving the telecom and oil & gas industries for decades, it’s
now also stringing cable to offshore wind farms all over Europe.
economy is just that…a whole new economy, with job openings at all skill
levels, from truck drivers to inventors of new battery chemistries. The solar
or wind installer is just the tip of a very large iceberg that’s coming our
way. Will we let it pass by or take our piece?”