The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

Green Building

  • Residential

  • Commercial and Public

  • Industrial

The Green Building sector has a large percentage of the green jobs in Washington State. Residential, commercial/public and industrial building construction companies usually are the general contractors, and they hire other specialty contractors (masonry, electrical, and painting contractors) to work on construction projects.

"Green building" means to make houses, apartments, stores and factories using construction processes and materials that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life.

"Green building" reduces the harm that the built environment has on people's health and on nature by efficiently using energy, water and other resources; and by reducing waste and pollution.

In the Green Building sector, the jobs that are available now and over the next few years are mostly full-time, require more than a high school diploma/GED (usually apprenticeship training), and employees need basic skills like reading, writing and how to use power tools.

Here are some examples of green jobs in this sector:

Green Building jobs:





To learn about other jobs in the Green Building sector, go to:,
Then go to the box "Find Occupations", and using the drop-down arrow, select "Industry". This will bring you to the page, "Browse by Industry". In the drop-down box select "Construction" then "GO" to that page.

To see the college and training options that are available in your area go to: Under "Quick Training Search", use the drop-down box and select any of these entries:

  • Building Management
  • Building/Home/Construction Inspection
  • Construction Engineering Tech
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Trades Other
  • Construction/Heavy Equipment Operator