WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the results of a study of job postings from across the United States, revealing that demand for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and LEED Green Associate credentials grew 46 percent over a 12-month period.
“This figure tells a powerful story about the value that building industry employers assign to knowledgeable, LEED-credentialed professionals,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair, USGBC. “LEED is a transformative force within the building sector, and every day, our network of more than 197,000 LEED APs and Green Associates are helping to advance the industry and push building projects to new heights of performance and resource efficiency.”
The study, conducted by USGBC education partner Pearson, using data provided by Burning Glass, found a total of 9,033 U.S. job postings from March 2013 to February 2014 that required a LEED credential. Top fields being advertised included available positions in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering; construction management; architecture; software development; sales management; property management; and more.
A secondary 90-day study conducted by Pearson, using data provided by Burning Glass, from January 2014 to March 2014 of 2,354 U.S. green-building related positions also found LEED as the skill in highest demand by a wide margin. LEED appeared in 59 percent of all postings, compared to the second-most-required skill, which appeared in 17 percent of the postings.
The LEED AP credential confirms advanced knowledge in specialized areas of green building, expertise in a particular LEED rating system, and competency in the certification process. It is for practitioners actively working on LEED projects to showcase their technical knowledge of LEED in both principle and practice.
The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid, current understanding of green building principles and practices. It is designed for both professionals newer to the sustainability field or looking to gain experience and exposure to LEED, as well as those working in diverse roles such as product manufacturers, students, real estate professionals, contractors, and more.
For more information about LEED credentialing, visit www.usgbc.org/credentials.
Publication date: 9/29/2014