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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470529601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470529607
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Make a good living in the emerging green economy

The green economy is just now in its infancy. The transition from business-as-usual to a new sustainable economy is opening up a wide range of opportunities that are likely to continue for years to come as new clean technologies, policies, and standards are adopted. Making sense of this new economy can be tricky, but if you're committed to finding a career that will have a positive impact on the planet, this friendly guide gives you everything you need to land the job of your dreams.

  • Discovering the green frontier — learn how to navigate the world of green careers and get the inside scoop on the green economy

  • Finding your green focus — set your sights on the green career that matches your interests, highlights your strengths, and leverages your experience and education

  • Exploring careers in green industries — get a handle on the huge variety of job titles in the more than 50 industries that make up the green economy, from managing natural resources and generating clean energy to policy making and environmental education

  • Using green job search 2.0 techniques — harness the Web to grow your green network, advance your green education, and claim your competitive advantage

  • Activating your green job search — discover how to target the right eco-friendly companies that match your goals, find openings for your talents, and take your green career to the next level

Open the book and find:

  • Advice on whether a green career is right for you

  • What it takes to thrive in a green economy

  • Ways to green your current job

  • Plain-English definitions of industry-specific terminology

  • Tips on recognizing industry opportunities and threats

  • Guidance on greening up your resume

  • Helpful advice for interviews

  • Great green career resources

About the Author

Carol McClelland, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of Green Career Central, an online green career resource center for professionals, students, and career counselors. She is also the author of Your Dream Career For Dummies.

More About the Author

Carol McClelland, PhD, author of Green Careers For Dummies, is one of the nation's leading green career experts. Throughout her career, Carol has helped thousands of people find work that matches their values and interests. In addition to writing Green Careers For Dummies, Carol is the Founder and Executive Director of Green Career. This online resource center provides career guidance, coaching, and resources to clarify the ever-evolving world of green career possibilities for students, professionals, and career counselors.

Carol is driven by three passions: guiding people to discover fulfilling careers aligned with their values, learning about innovations that enable people to live, work, and play more sustainably, and marveling at the inspiring wisdom of nature.

For more information:
www.GreenCareersForDummies.com - book tour
www.CarolMcClelland.com - media and speaking
www.GreenCareerCentral.com - main site

Customer Reviews

Well organized,easy to read and understand.
collegebob
McClelland rounds out this section by showing ways you can provide green products and services, while inspiring and motivating more sustainable action.
S. L. Reid
This book is full of great tips to determine what green career is best for you.
William M. Roeder

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim Cassio on January 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
'Green Careers for Dummies' is society's latest oxymoron, as it's really for smart people who realize that we are, by necessity, transitioning to a green economy in which the jobs of both the near and distant future will require a different kind of worker who brings to the job the value and knowledge of environmental responsibility, along with the requisite array of soft/personal skills, deep subject matter knowledge, and technical skills. Carol McClelland does a wonderful job with this exciting new book, giving her readers the industry-centered information and resources they need to help begin the discovery of their very own green career niche. Highly recommended.
-Jim Cassio, Author of the Green Careers Resource Guide and co-author of Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Burdick on January 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
this book is relatively worthless. The author relates EVERYTHING to global warming! there are quite a few other environmental problems that 'Green Careers' address. The 'job categories' are all simply rearranged words to include green tags, you read one of the lists and it applies to all the others-common sense. The value is in some of the websites she includes (which could be found easily on your own) wish i would have saved the $10. ps i am a non traditional student (middle aged and returned to college a second time) senior in environmental studies.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Reid on March 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Finally! A refreshingly thorough and extremely helpful book about the current green economy in general and the future of green careers specifically.

Carol McClelland, PhD has done it again. A noted author of four other wildly helpful books, McClelland has taken her passion for guiding people to discover fulfilling careers aligned with their values and turned her attention to helping people find innovative was to live, work, and play more sustainably, all while marveling at the inspiring wisdom of nature.

In Green Careers For Dummies, McClelland not only encourages you to follow your heart's passion and start-up a green career, she shows you exactly how.

Divided into six parts, Green Careers For Dummies explores the emerging green frontier and helps you, step-by-step, find your green focus; all while helping you wrap your mind around the more than 50 industries that make up the green economy. No small feat!

Part III is the heart of McClelland's book. In it, she explores the multi-faceted world of opportunities for people seeking green careers. She explores jobs for those interested in caring for the earth and managing natural resources; jobs in alternative energy, in rebuilding the infrastructure, and careers to help shape the green economy. McClelland rounds out this section by showing ways you can provide green products and services, while inspiring and motivating more sustainable action.

At the start of the 21st century, we've all become more conscious of the green movement, and what it means to go green. Some of us are taking small steps to green our lives while others are fully committed to creating a sustainable life career. For those people who really want to make a difference in the world by staring-up a sustainable green career, Green Careers For Dummies is the book for you!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By drbwodrich on April 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Carol McClelland, Ph.D. took on the challenge of capturing the current state of an industry that is exploding as the ink dries. She does an outstanding of job of revealing the most salient facts and terms as well as giving the reader the tools to continue resourcing trends to adapt their plans. Carol is able to guide the green career explorer because she has been part of the green revolution for years. She rests this knowledge of the emerging green economy on her solid base as a leader in career transition. I am a green career counselor myself and continually update myself through Carol's website, Green Career Central, as well as through the resources she outlines in this book.

Vicki Lind, MS
co-author of Portland Green Guide to Networking and Jobs
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William M. Woodsmall III on April 1, 2010
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"Green Careers for Dummies" is extremely helpful in this particular day and time. Let's be real... this is where the jobs will be for the next millennium. Carol McClelland has looked into the future, captured the essence of which direction the job market is moving, and determined how to tap the resources needed to find a job in that market, here and now. Thank you, Carol, for an easy to read, simple to follow and straightforward guide to my current job search.
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This book is exactly what the career counselor for environmentally-relate careers needs. Our only quibble is the title of this series, but nothing's going to change that. (We'd prefer ..for the Non-Expert" or...for Normal People" Thanks for making our shopping one-stop.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen G. Connolly on November 12, 2010
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The real strength of this book, and the reason I recommend it, is found in Chapters 7 - 13. The author provides a wonderful overview of the many jobs and careers that are being created or reshaped with the evolution of the "green economy." She also provides good historical perspective and a credible future direction for this evolution. She offers links to numerous industry-specific web sites and professional organizations related to each of the many industries she reviews--which is where the real research can begin. Aside from these chapters, this book is like all books in the "Dummies" series, devoting many pages to very basic information. These sections may be too basic for some, just right for others. Naturally, the reader quickly recognizes that only a few of the industries and professions discussed here will be accessible to them based on their qualifications and experiences.

As with any job or career search, the proof is in the hard work of carrying out the activities. I have coupled my use of "Green Careers" with Richard Bolles 2011 edition of "What Color Is Your Parachute?" A powerful combination, indeed.

It is worth noting that Carol McClelland offers a web site, [...] where people who are past the basics of how to select a career might want to visit.
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