Whether you’re among the 15 million unemployed Americans or you already have a job, if you’re interested in finding a green job then the first stop in your search should be the local library. Reading the following five books will help boost your green job search.

"Green Jobs for a New Economy: The Career Guide to Emerging Opportunities"

Published in December 2009, "Green Jobs for a New Economy" will give you an introduction to the world of green jobs — both professional jobs as well as blue collar jobs. The book provides information on career paths, starting and future salaries and educational requirements for specific green jobs.

The book covers jobs available in several industries including green buildings, urban planning, renewable energy, environmental law and agriculture. In addition to discussing the various types of green jobs available, "Green Jobs for a New Economy" also discusses the various types of state and federal green jobs training programs that are available.

"Green Careers For Dummies"

Even the “For Dummies” line of books is getting in on the green jobs movement. "Green Careers for Dummies," written by Carol L. McClelland, was published earlier this year. The book provides information about today’s green jobs and the green jobs of the future; the types of green jobs that are expected to be created over the next five years.

In addition to providing information about the types of green jobs that are out there, the book also provides guidance on using new media to enhance your job search, tips for greening your resume, interview advice and even information to help you decide if a green job is right for you.

"Green Careers in Energy: Your Guide to Jobs in Renewable Energy"

Like "Green Jobs for a New Economy," "Green Careers in Energy" is another Peterson’s career guide. This time, the company has focused on the renewable energy industry. The book makes a great complement to the company’s "Green Jobs for a New Economy" book if you're interested in finding a job in the green energy industry.

The book examines the jobs that are available in a variety of green energy industries including solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and biofuels. The book will guide you towards a job in one of these sectors with information on educational requirements, training opportunities, certification tracks and more.

"Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011"

Created by the U.S. Department of Labor, the "Occupational Outlook Handbook" provides comprehensive information about several hundred careers. While the book is not limited to green jobs, this year’s edition features a bonus section on green jobs.

"The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems"

Although Van Jones’ best-selling book "The Green Collar Economy" wasn’t written specifically for green job seekers, reading the book is still an important part of your green job search. Jones discusses the importance of a green collar economy and how our nation can move towards this goal. "The Green Collar Economy" will give you insights into the background of the green jobs movement and how one growing industry, green jobs, can help solve the nation’s unemployment and environmental problems.

If you’re searching for an eco-friendly career, what books have you read to boost your green job search?

5 books to boost your green job search
Head to the local library before you begin looking for a new green job.