The first table (4-A) deals with “green increased demand” occupations, as classified by O*NET Resource Center, for the Green Construction cluster; the second table (4-B) relates to “green enhanced skills” occupations for the same cluster.
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The losses seen in this cluster are widespread: every occupation in Table 4-A has shown decline except for Boilermakers. Construction laborers and carpenters have shed over 400,000 positions since 2007.
For the most part, the wages for the Green Construction cluster are noticeably lower than other clusters. This is partly due to the more low-skill labor associated with the construction. Even in Table 4-B, which focuses on occupations with enhanced skills, the average is $20.43 per hour.
A bright spot comes from Urban and regional planners and Power plant operators, both of which have shot up in growth pretty substantially. Urban planners require a Master’s degree on average, while Power plant operators need quite a bit of real-world training.