Despite some confusion on the subject based on earlier surveys, the answer seems to be YES. This report from the State of Washington in 2009 says :
Possible reasons include greater awareness among employers about what constitutes a green job, new hiring, and changes in the types of products or services offered by employers.
Here are some further detail …
- Preventing and reducing environmental pollution accounted for 46 percent (46,004) of all positions, compared to 33.2 percent in 2008. This core area had the largest employment in agriculture related industries and occupations, followed by positions in some skilled trades and construction-related industries, and in other scientific-technical occupations.
- Increasing energy efficiency was the second-largest core area, accounting for 38.9 percent (38,894) of all green positions, compared to 52.9 percent in 2008. Construction-related industries and occupations accounted for most of the employment in energy efficiency, followed by professional and technical services industries, such as architecture and engineering.
- Providing mitigation or cleanup of environmental pollution accounted for 11.6 percent (11,617) of all positions, compared to 9.5 percent in 2008. Most of these positions were in the professional and technical services industries and in occupations such as environmental engineers and some public-sector service occupations.
- Producing renewable energy represented 3.5 percent (3,464) of all positions, up slightly from 4.3 percent in 2008. Construction-related industries and occupations, as well as professional and technical services occupations, accounted for the majority of all positions in this core area.
Here’s the report : 2009 Washington State Green Economy Jobs :