On April 10, 2012, The Green Job Bank, a green job search engine that crawls the web daily to post green jobs from many web sources, reported dramatic growth in green job listings in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Green Job Bank posted 36,500 green jobs in Q1 of 2012, which is up about 55% from 16,300 in Q1 of 2011.
Some of this growth does come from an increase in the number of indexed sources. However, Bernard Ferret, Founder and CEO of the Green Jobs Bank, claims the growth is also a result of the growing green economy.
The leading states for green job postings are California, Texas, and New York. These statistics make sense, given that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in March 2012 that California led the nation in green jobs and that both Texas and New York were two of six states to have over 100,000 green collar workers.
LinkedIn Green Jobs Category Grows Most During Recession
While the Green Job Bank's results may be skewed because of an increase in the number of sources indexed on their green jobs listing, LinkedIn has also seen dramatic growth in the number of green jobs.
On March 8, 2012, LinkedIn released their own version of a jobs report, titled "LinkedIn Industry Trends: Winners and Losers in the Great Recession". In it, Scott Nicholson showed some of the growing and shrinking industries, as measured by employment reported on LinkedIn, between 2007 and 2011.
Renewables and environment, which contains green jobs, grew the most in this time period, at 49.2%.
Overall, it seems that the green job market is growing despite the weak economy, which presents opportunities for existing and aspiring green professionals.