Last month, the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor released a report entitled Why Green is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career (PDF). This publication is designed to help women find and keep higher paying jobs in the clean energy economy.
The report (which can be downloaded here) includes information on a range of in-demand and emerging jobs, as well as job training opportunities and career development tools, in the clean energy economy. The guide is also intended to serve as a resource for workforce development professionals, training providers, educators, career counselors, and women’s advocacy organizations.
"Many occupations in the clean energy economy remain virtually untapped by women," said Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the Women’s Bureau. "This guide is an invaluable resource that workforce professionals can use to help women transition into higher paying jobs that serve as a pathway into the middle class. It is also a tool to help fight job segregation."
The report is a result of nationwide roundtables at which leaders from the public and private sectors discussed opportunities for women in the clean energy economy. These conversations revealed that an overall lack of awareness and information about nontraditional jobs was a significant challenge to women wanting to succeed in this marketplace. Information about the roundtables is available at http://www.dol.gov/wb/media/green.htm.
More information on the Women's Bureau is available at 202-693-6710 or online at http://www.dol.gov/wb