Dee DePass has been a Star Tribune business reporter since 1993, covering small business, financial institutions, manufacturing and, most recently, the economy. Originally from New York, Dee came to Minnesota after earning her master's in journalism at the University of Maryland and her undergraduate degree at Vassar College.

Minnesota green job openings bear fruit

Posted by: Dee DePass under Employment Updated: January 20, 2012 - 2:01 PM

Demand for Minnesota "green" workers reached 2.5 percent of all job openings as of June 2011, according to a recently released two-year study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of Obama's jobs recovery act.

Among the study's key findings on green job-openings:

* There were 3,882 openings between fourth quarter 2009 and June 2011

*  263 mostly private companies offered environmental, energy conservation and other green jobs across the state. 

* largest number of  job offerings were found in energy-efficiency improvements, pollution controls, recycling, conservation, wind energy, biofuel and waste energy, battery storage and the geothermal and solar sectors.

* Job openings touched 150 occupations, including installation, maintenance, repair, architecture, engineering, construction and management jobs.

* Half of the openings were in the Twin Cities

* 89 percent were full-time positions

* Green jobs demanded higher education

* Green jobs paid more than other jobs ($16 to $39 an hour vs $15 to $37)

For the full report, go to www.tinyurl.com/greenjobsstudy.

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