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5 Green Jobs That Pay $50K or More

5 Green Jobs That Pay $50K or More

By Connie Blaszczyk | Monster Staff Writer

April 26, 2010

You know you want to do work that does good for the environment. The good news is there are plenty of opportunities out there.

Monster Worldwide data shows a steady increase in the number of environmental job postings since 2005, particularly for engineers, protection technicians and specialists.

This growth has been fueled by economic trends, with many jobs offered in the public sector, including positions at such bureaus as the Environmental Protection Agency.

And you no longer need a background in science to join the green job brigade, either. The next decade will see an increase in green job opportunities in law, conservation and urban planning, according to the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO).

Feeling a little overwhelmed by the possibilities? Take a closer look at the positions, as described by ECO, to determine the path you might pursue.

Urban and Regional Planners

The need for good urban planners is fueled by the growth of large urban areas as well as a need for regional planning in suburban and outlying areas. ECO finds that 70 percent of urban and regional planners work in local government.

Median Salary: $57,560
Entry-Level Salary: $36,000
Search Monster for urban and regional planner jobs.

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