WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the results of a study of job postings from across the U.S., which revealed the demand for the LEED 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 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 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 interior design, among others.
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. LEED appeared in 59 percent of all postings, compared to the second-most required skill, which appeared in 17 percent of postings.
Publication date: 10/13/2014