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www.ntnews.com.au CLASSIFIEDS 8944 9999 Saturday, November 9, 2013. NT NEWS. 19 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 9 -N O V -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 1 9 C O L O R : C M Y K Call: 8944 9999 | Online: ntnews.com.au | Fax: 8981 8999 VACANCIES in green jobs are advertised everyweekbut not enoughapplicants have the necessary skills to fill them. RMITUniversityGlobal, Urban andSocial Studies associate lecturerKarl Shanley says thosewanting abundant employment opportunities and job security should start training for an environmental career now. Probably theres not aweek goes by that there isnt an environmental role being advertised in a government department or local council certainly the jobs are out there, Shanley says. But theres been a reduction in thenumber of people applying for environmental programs at university throughoutAustralia, so theres fewer people for all these roles. I dont knowwhy that is but if youre enrolling in an environmental qualification thenyouare going to get ahead of the game. Recruitment firmHays earlier this year listed green skills as oneof thehighest skills in demandglobally, noting particular demand in the green energy and construction sectors across all regions. Despite this, thenumber of students enrolling in environmental qualifications at universities is declining. Shanley says green jobs can cover awide rangeof industries and those undergoing training in any field should consider how they can incorporate sustainability into their career. You can comeat environmental careers froma number of educational backgrounds, Shanley says. At a certain job level, green jobs canbe those that require nothingother than finishing high school or perhaps getting a TAFEcertificate jobs such as an animal attendant or a landscape gardener are all green jobs. Even contracting or purchasing-type roles are being increasingly required to think about the environmental consequences of their decisions. Then theres apprenticeships you canbe ahorticult DEMAND: Geoff Fussell, commercial manager at Suntrix, was an electrician before becoming a solar panel installer. Picture: LUKE HEMER COURSE YOU CAN SOLAR ENERGY INSTALLER KEY ROLES A solar energy installer is an electrician who is qualified and accredited to install solar power systems on buildings. They can work solely as an installer or it may be only a part of their job if they undertake other electrical work. Installers spend much of the day outside and need to be able to work at heights, as they need to be able to work on the roof of buildings as a core component of the job. Most are employed by or are contracted to solar energy system retailers. Workers need to become an electrician before they can complete their accreditation. QUALIFICATIONS Solar PV accreditation Clean Energy Council SALARY $42,253 to $68,570 uralist or a greenplumber or an arborist. Beyond that, thats whenyou really start needing a university degree be it a specific degree in environmental science ormaybe something like urbanplanning, where youare dealingwith the pressures of development and urbanised society (on the environment). He says those undertaking university study, in particular, could also bewell served by enrolling in subjects covering politics or policy to better understandhow their ideas can bemarketed to government and private organisations. Geoff Fussellwas a qualified electrician before deciding to take advantage of the green boomand train as a solar energy installer.He is now commercialmanager of renewable energy firmSuntrix. Fussell, whose trainingwas accredited through theClean EnergyCouncil, believes environmental careers often mean continual learning, as the industry is constantly evolving. 1-4 years 5-9 years 83% 17% WORKFORCE EXPERIENCE Source: PayScale PAY SUMMARY $K LOW MEDIAN TOP 42 53 68 WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES Place in the sun Skill up for green job opportunities, writes Lauren Ahwan Local councils are keen employers of qualified environmentalists. Most councils have more than one environment officer, while 30 per cent have more than five dedicated staff. Council environment officers are responsible for development of and reporting on environment action plans, environmental strategies, policies and programs, among other duties. Environmental roles also exist in state and federal governments as well as private business and community organisations. Source: RMIT University