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‘Green’ Jobs in Mississippi Expected To Grow Faster Than Other Careers

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 29 Sep 2011 05:02pm | comments
Dek Terrell (right).

A new study predicts that green jobs are going to grow 50-percent faster than the rest of the employment market. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that green jobs are also expected to becoming an increasingly large part of the Mississippi economy.

A study of the state economy found that green jobs...or jobs that create clean energy and products or clean up the environment...will grow much faster than the rest of parts of the economy.

Louisiana State University economics professor Dek Terrell says green jobs are expected to grow so much faster because the state's natural resources and a growing demand for cleaner products and power from Mississippians.

"When you look are the area, even in rural areas where you wouldn't necessarily 20 years ago expected development, there are opportunities that are expected to develop down the line," Terrell said.

To satisfy the growing demand for workers, Mary Willoughby with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security says they have set up a new website with job postings and educational opportunities in green careers.

"What the estimated employment in green industries and green occupations in Mississippi. You can do by industry and look at a certain industry, say like manufacturing or construction, and see what is going on within that industry related to green," Willoughby said.

In an average month, there are around 500 open positions advertised on the Internet in green fields across the state.

Brent Bailey works with Mississippi farmers and other agriculture industries to move into emerging green markets.

He says there is increasing interest from Mississippi farmers to start growing the crops that are going to be needed for green technology.

"Mississippi as well as the southeast region is going to be a leader in the production, harvesting, collection and providing of biomass materials, whether it is dedicated energy crops, AG residues, forestry slash, or short rotation woody crops," Bailey said.

Green industries have already had an impact in the state, several green companies that are looking to exploit Mississippi's abundant pine trees for biomass or manufacture green electricity tools like solar panels, have already moved to the state or are planning to come.



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