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Want a green job? Here's who's hiring in wind energy, solar

Wind energy, environmental consulting, biotechnology, and solar power were some of the fastest-growing industries in 2011, according to OilPrice.com. Which companies are doing the most hiring this year?

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According to The Green Job Bank, a heavily trafficked sight used by job seekers and employers, September has seen an unusual increase in the number of green job openings, with the bank posting 1,172 new job openings last week alone. The companies leading this apparent hiring spree include:

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Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
A leading provider of environmental, health and risk consulting services, this global companyhas offices in 39 countries and list 172 current job openings, 30 of which were added last week to The Green Job Bank. 

SolarCity
Foster City, California-based SolarCity is said to be the US leader in full-service solar for residential homeowners, businesses and government organizations. The company has 129 current job openings, with 14 new positions added last week. The company is looking primarily for engineers, electricians, PV installers and sales managers. (RELATED: Energy New Front in Economic Warfare)

AECOM
San Francisco-based AECOM is a Fortune 500 company specializing in technical and management support services to clients in 130 countries and boasting revenues of approximately $81 billion in 2011. The company currently has 65 job openings, 20 of which were added last week. The company is looking for a range of engineers, biologists, designers, environmental specialists and business developers.

EnerNOC
The Boston-based Energy Network Operations Center (EnerNOC), is an energy management company that “helps commercial, institutional and industrial organizations use energy more intelligently, pay less for it, and generate cash flow that benefits the bottom line”.  Last week, the company has over 61 openings, 19 of them added last week alone, for everything from engineers and business developers to marketing analysts and sales managers. 

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a non-profit organization, and a leader in conservation efforts, which makes its 50 current job openings that much more unusual. Some 30 of those jobs were posted during the second week of September alone. The company has openings worldwide—from Arizona to Beijing—for everything from spatial analysts, IT specialists and biologists to program managers and editors.  

There is more good news, too. While jobs in the oil and gas industry are higher-paying and easier to come by, especially in the wake of the natural gas revolution, it’s not all just survival paychecks in the clean energy sector. A handful of clean energy jobs come with six-figure salaries if you can make it past entry level, and the position of Chief Sustainability Officer tops the list, with senior engineers and environmental lawyers also giving their fossil fuel colleagues.

Source: http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Renewable-Energy/Green-Jobs-Whos-on-a-Hiring-Spree.html

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