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Top 10 cities with green jobs for new grads

By: Laura Moss on June 2, 2010, 3:29 p.m.
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San Francisco

California has the most green jobs in the country, primarily because of San Francisco. The city has more than 42,000 green-collar jobs, and it recently passed $100 million worth of bonds to create sustainable jobs and businesses.

About 7,000 of San Francisco's green jobs are in the energy generation segement, with most of these in solar-related fields, but the city is also home to environmental consulting jobs, green tech jobs and emissions monitoring and control jobs. Aspiring LEED-certified architects should also consider a move to the city, where 20 big construction projects have recently applied for LEED certification. Professionals in the field earn an average salary of $58,700.