Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Green Jobs


A green economy is a dynamic, sustainable, and economically robust market system that responsibly utilizes scarce and finite natural resources, and that protects, restores, preserves, and enhances our environment, while improving the social conditions of workers and customers now and in the future.

As the green economy grows, job opportunities will arise...

The activities of this system may be focused on, but are not limited to:

  • Energy efficiency and conservation,
  • Alternative and/ or renewable energy production,
  • Waste management administration,
  • Environmental stewardship and/ or service

Green jobs are those that will support Maryland's growing green economy. They are focused on driving sustainable economic prosperity, ensuring efficient use and conservation of existing resources, promoting renewable and alternative energy production, preserving, and enhancing environmental quality, while improving the social conditions of fellow workers and customers.

Governor O'Malley is committed to a more sustainable future for Maryland and our economy. As the green economy grows, job opportunities will arise in an array of industries and occupations engaged in:

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Green Building
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy
  • Waste Management
  • Environmental Quality

Many of the jobs in these sectors will build upon existing skill sets. Much of today's workforce will be able to transfer their knowledge to jobs in the new, green economy. See examples of green jobs below.

To find out about job training opportunities in Maryland, visit the Maryland Workforce Exchange.

To help find green jobs:

Maryland's Job Seeker Services provides a menu of services to help you find a better job or career.

There are 34 community-based One Stop Career Centers that provide easy access to services and resources for both job seekers and businesses looking for qualified workers.

You can also find a directory of green job Web sites.

To learn more about green jobs:

MARC Green Works Report: Maryland Leads Capital Region in Per Capita Green Employment

Green Data for a Growing Green Economy

State Receives $5.8 Million Training Grant for Green Jobs

Greener Pathways: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Economic Drivers for the 21st Century.

Preparing the Workforce for a "Green Jobs" Economy (PDF document, download Adobe Acrobat for free).

Maryland’s Energy Industry Workforce Report: Preparing Today’s Workers for Tomorrow’s Opportunities
(Word document, 798KB, download Word viewer for free)
(PDF document, 3.5MB, download Adobe Acrobat for free)

Many of the jobs of the green economy will build upon existing skill sets. The following are just some examples of green occupations, for which there will be greater demand as the green economy grows. This list will be updated as needed.

  • Architect (Environmental /Sustainable Design)
  • Bicycle / Scooter Technicians
  • Biologist (Conservation)
  • Building Operations Management
  • Career Consultants (Green)
  • Alternative Technology Vehicle Maintenance (Green)
  • Construction site jobs (Energy Efficiency - Green Building)
  • Educators (Ecological)
  • Emissions Manager
  • Emissions Trader
  • Energy Manager (Renewable)
  • Engineers (Environmental / Pollution Control)
  • Engineers and Developers (Sustainable Energy)
  • Engineer/Biologist (Renewable Fuels/ Bio-Mimicry)
  • Entrepreneur (Green)
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Technicians
  • Fashion Designer (Green)
  • Green Travel and Hospitality
  • Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic and installer
  • Interior Designer (Green)
  • IT Specialists (Green Software and Hardware Developers)
  • Landscape Architect (Green)
  • Lawyer (Environmental)
  • Lobbyist
  • Pest Control Technician
  • Pollution Control Technician
  • Solar Installation
  • Sustainability Specialists
  • Urban Gardeners
  • Waste Management