Illinois Department of Employment Security | Economic Information and Analysis Division | October 2011
A recent study shows that green jobs
currently represent about two percent of all
jobs in Illinois and are likely to grow at a
fast pace during the next couple of years.
And although most green jobs require
either a high school diploma or no formal
education, future green jobs will require
more specialized skills.
The study, called the Illinois Green Jobs
Summary Report, is based on a survey
commissioned by the Illinois Department
of Employment Security during the first
quarter of 2011.
by Dave Bieneman and Yolanda Harris
Green Jobs: A Growing Part
of Illinois’ Economy
More specialized skills required for future jobs
The purpose of the study was to define the
green job market in Illinois, the skills needed
for green jobs and to identify areas for
future skills training. The study was based
on survey responses from 20,342 individual
Illinois employers and generated a 70.4
percent response rate.
The green job market in Illinois
A green job is defined as a job in which the
work is essential to products or services that
improve energy efficiency, expand the use of
renewable energy or support environmental