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Top 10 cities with green jobs for new grads

Boston

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Boston

Boston, including the suburbs of Worcester, Lawrence, Lowell and Brockton, was recently ranked fourth in a Clean Edge survey of the top U.S. metro areas for clean-tech job creation. Not surprisingly, the city has many cutting-edge green companies. Boston Power is led by Christina Lampe-Onnerud, who helped create a better lithium-ion battery for laptops and is now moving into the electric car market. Plus, A123 has several high-profile customers and is pioneering new green technologies.

Boston is also home to a large concentration of colleges, including MIT, Harvard, Boston University and Emerson, so the metro area is a great hub for green technology. And the city is greening itself in many ways to make it more sustainable. Its third largest fuel source is wind power, most of its municipal vehicles are either electric or run on biofuel, and all new bulding construction must abide by LEED standards — so the city is going to need some LEED-certified architects.

CareerBuilder.com recently included Boston on its list of top cities for new grads, noting that average rent is $1,275.