The workplace is ripe for a new class of employees: green-collar workers. No, we’re not talking about your peers with ring around the collar; we’re talking about the wave of recruits that will find themselves working for eco-businesses.

Companies are growing their environmentally friendly initiatives, but they don’t have a very large pool of eco-experts to fill the positions, reports an article in United Press International:

Green is in vogue in the business community right now, and several companies recently announced major monetary commitments to environmentally friendly programs. In May, Citigroup Inc., the world's largest financial-services company, pledged $50 billion over the next decade to eco-friendly projects; two months earlier, Bank of America dedicated $20 billion for the same time period.

As more businesses jump on the green wagon, though, a shortage of environmentally skilled workers has developed.

As a result, graduates from schools that focus on green education, like the Yale Environment School, are being snatched up by the growing green industries.

Some congressmen and non-profit groups think that people from poorer communities can also help to fill the void with financial aid from the government.

More specifically, $300 billion in federal funds over the next 10 years could create 3 million jobs, estimates the Apollo Alliance, a non-profit organization that pushes clean-energy jobs for low-income workers.

No matter who they are, we’re all for this new generation of green workers. Just so long as they don’t try to take our jobs.

This article originally appeared in "Plenty."

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