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Americans Put Themselves on the Path to Green Careers

from the Christian Science Monitor

Kathleen Loa first began thinking about pursuing a green career while she was a student at Oberlin College. Now, armed with a degree in chemistry, she is taking the first step in that direction. She's serving as an intern at the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, D.C. After earning a master's in energy policy, she'll find a job.

"I want to keep working on environmental energy, either through a nonprofit role or a for-profit company," says Ms. Loa of Claremont, Calif.

That goal puts her in the vanguard of one group seeking eco-friendly jobs - students and recent graduates who hope to join the green boom at the beginning of their careers. A second group includes people in midcareer who want to parlay their current skills into green jobs. ... Yet defining just what constitutes a green job remains a challenge.

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