Can you use technology to improve the relationship between humans and our planet? Green technology is a fast-growing industry that utilizes tech to promote the livelihood of the planet by reducing the negative impact of humans on the environment. Green tech jobs are on the rise in 2023, as companies hire software engineers, product managers, data scientists, data analysts, and machine learning engineers to develop innovative ways to promote the health of the planet and the humans who depend on it. Tech bootcamp grads have gone on to make a major impact in green tech companies, making top-dollar to do so! Learn more about 5 green tech jobs you land after bootcamp, plus 22 green technology companies that may be the perfect fit for your career goals!
Green technology (also known as greentech) is technology that is intended to reverse or reduce the negative impact of human activity on the natural environment. Green tech utilizes natural resources like solar, wind, waste, and renewable materials to innovate ways to generate energy and reduce the amount used. Extensions of greentech are “clean tech” and “climate tech,” which prioritize solutions for efficient production and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, respectively.
The growth in greentech is fueled by climate change and a lack of sustainability of past and current industrial actions, like drilling for oil, mass producing non-degradable materials, and major pollution of the air, water, and soil of the planet.
Examples of green tech include: composting, LED lighting, energetically self-sufficient buildings, and low-carbon construction. Green technology also includes carbon tracking software, which calculates a company’s carbon emissions.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, green tech jobs are on the rise! They predict a continued growth in new green tech jobs, such as environmental engineering technologists, conservation scientists, environmental engineers, environmental science and protection technicians, wind turbine technicians, solar photovoltaic installers, and environmental scientists and specialists.
For bootcamp graduates aiming to make a difference in the world, landing a green tech job is the perfect opportunity to contribute to something big! Here are five roles you can look for on your greentech job hunt:
Many greentech jobs rely on software development to offer solutions through websites, apps, and cloud infrastructure.
Languages and Tools: Java, Scala, C++, C#, ASP.NET, SQL, NoSQL, Go, and/or Rust.
Average Salary: $110,000
Product managers are involved in all stages of product development from discovery to delivery to create solutions for environmental issues. Greentech product managers develop products that support positive environmental impacts.
Languages and Tools: Scrum, JIRA, SQL, Python, Spark, Sigma
Average Salary: $102,250
Data scientists acquire data to form statistical reports that inform decision-makers. As an environmental data scientist, they collect data related to the environment, such as levels in pollution, water, temperature, and soil to support efforts in alleviating negative effects.
Languages and Tools: Python, SQL, Excel, MATLAB, Tableau, SAS, and Spark. (Strong communication skills are also imperative!)
Average Salary: $106,000
Data analysts in a green tech capacity will support operations by transforming data into actionable insights to guide data-driven decisions. Data analysts in greentech may specialize in operations engineering, reliability compliance, business intelligence, and more.
Languages and Tools: Excel, Power BI, Tableau, SQL, Python
Average Salary: $120,000
Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are at the forefront of evolving tech jobs and finding new ways to promote the health of the planet. While these roles often require advanced degrees, many bootcamp grads have broken into the field!
Skills Required: Advanced math and statistics skills; advanced degree in computer science, math, or statistics; master’s degree in machine learning, deep learning, or neural networks; strong skills in analysis, problem-solving, and teamwork; software engineering skills; data science skills.
Average Salary: $145,112
Greentech companies are those that are founded on making a positive environmental impact. As opposed to “greenwashing” (when companies make misleading claims about their products’ benefit to the environment), greentech companies are rooted in science to sustainably solve problems. The goal of greentech companies is to transform systems and societies to thrive on this planet.
Greentech is a large umbrella that encompasses many types of companies, such as alternative or renewable energy, electric vehicles, sustainable agriculture, recycling, and carbon capture. These companies are often looking to add passionate technologists like software engineers, data scientists, data analysts, and product managers to their teams.
If you’re looking for a green technology job, check out these cutting-edge green tech organizations:
Whether you have past experience in greentech and want to deepen your career potential, or you’re interested in greentech and want to launch an exciting career in sustainability, coding bootcamps offer accelerated, industry-informed career training to get you hired in a field you love.
“In the most recent interviews I conducted with Rivian, 70-80% of applicants were bootcamp grads.” Senior Software Engineer & LearningFuze grad Ryan
Ryan graduated from LearningFuze in 2014 when coding bootcamps were just developing. After eight years as a software engineer he now works as a Senior Software Engineer at Rivian, debugging and catching errors in electric vehicles before they are sent off to customers.
“The Opportunity Project and the US Census Bureau were wonderful advocates to work on logistics and communication. Once every two weeks, we had a big meet-and-greet with the whole team, then we had a few advocates from the US Census Bureau that were mentors for us, who we could reach out to with questions regarding the environmental remediation aspect.” Software Engineer & General Assembly graduate Justin
Justin graduated from General Assembly when they partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to form internship teams for The Opportunity Project. He was accepted as Lead Engineer for the software engineering team and built a web app for the environmental remediation sector that introduced new grant opportunities to applicants.
“The final project was my favorite! I worked with a bunch of guys that were all passionate about climate change. It’s a well-done topic in the analytics community, but we hadn’t found anyone that did the link between climate change and mental well-being. That project took us through a journey of the tools we covered as well as our skills in determining good data from bad data.” University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Data Analytics Boot Camp graduate Akinsola
Bootcamps also give students the space to test their technical skills through passion projects. At the UofT SCS Boot Camps (powered by edX), Akinsola and his group dove into a data analytics project that offered a unique view on how climate change affects mental well-being. Working on a project like this helped Akinsola land his first data analyst role!
Have you graduated from a coding bootcamp and taken a job in greentech? Let us know what you’re working on in the comments below!
Nat has been a writer and copyeditor for Course Report since 2020, on topics including guides to bootcamps, tech skills, and career outcomes. Nat leverages their own experience in online learning to relate to readers considering alternative learning paths.
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