Green job boom expected

Central Oregon sees a big jump in green jobs on the horizon.

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The number of green jobs in Oregon is expected to grow 14 percent between 2008 and 2010, and Central Oregon could soon be looking for a wide range of skilled workers.

[Mike Costanti of Western Community Energy] anticipates quadrupling the size of his Bend-based company’s development staff over the next couple of years, with jobs for turbine operators, lawyers, permit writers, electrical engineers, structural engineers, construction workers and more…

A study released last month by the Oregon Employment Department found that Oregon had more than 51,000 “green jobs” in 2008. Even with the economic downturn, environmentally friendly jobs were projected to increase about 14 percent by 2010. And in Central Oregon, green employers predict that the area could need people working in a variety of jobs that require a range of skills — from energy auditors to organic farmers to solar electricians.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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