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The unemployment situation in the U.S. is serious. Currently there are 13.7 million unemployed people. Of these, 6 million have been added since the beginning of the recession (December of 2007 ) and nearly 4 million have remained jobless for a period of over 27 weeks. In the month of April alone, the unemployment rate rose from 8.5 to 8.9 percent.
If you are one of these unfortunate individuals, or fear the prospects of becoming one in the near future, you may want to pay particular attention to this post...The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is prepared to deploy over $60 billion in clean energy investments and jobs in the U.S. to help jump-start the economy. Of this, $600 million is earmarked for green job training programs, which quite frankly the education system in the U.S. is a little ill-prepared for at the moment.
While these so-called green collared jobs will play a major role in helping the U.S. economy recover, there is neither the instructors or training facilities available to teach these vocations in some areas. But where there's a will there's a ticket to get you to one of the places that do...
Introducing JFY Networks
JFY Networks, located in Massachusetts, has been in the media lately and for good reason. They are one of the top programs offering green job training, in particular, the HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) certification.
HAZWOPER is essentially training to prepare its students for a career in emergency environmental clean-up. While the idea of having a job certification entitled HAZWOPER may send some students running for the hills, it does have its perks, especially when those bills are continuing to pile on top of each other. The typical environmental clean-up career starts around $35,000 a year, which is not too shabby considering the alternative.
HAZWOPER Job Security
If you think about it, green environmental careers are a vocation that should always have a need. For one, the certification is very specific. This means that even if a person has a very high education degree in environmental science, if they are not HAZWOPER certified, they will not be qualified for some of these new green job openings.
These types of jobs will also always be in demand. There will always be conservation and clean-up projects, and when an emergency situation occurs, they will always be need for a full containment team to rectify the situation. There is no room for laying workers off when the stakes are this high. This is why the job security for those HAZWOPER certified is very good at the moment.
So we have a choice to make. We can remain one of the world's leading importers of foreign oil, or we can make the investments that would allow us to become the world's leading exporter of renewable energy. We can let climate change continue to go unchecked, or we can help stop it. We can let the jobs of tomorrow be created abroad, or we can create those jobs right here in America and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity.
—President Obama, March 19, 2009
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