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Green Transportation Careers
The outlook for careers in green transportation looks very promising. According to Supplying Ingenuity: U.S. Suppliers of Clean, Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies, in 2010, "U.S. patents awarded for hybrid and electric vehicle technologies reached an all-time high, jumping 60 percent from the year before." In 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, there were nearly 11 million alternative fuel vehicles in the United States, according to the Energy Information Administration. Additionally, the Obama Administration has mandated increases in fuel efficiency and first-ever carbon pollution standards, which will create more demand for engineers, scientists, technicians, and manufacturing workers. Increasing urban and suburban populations are creating traffic gridlock, which is prompting more people to use public transportation. These public transportation resources increasingly feature buses and trains that are fueled all or in part by alternative energy sources. Transportation planners will be needed to design new transportation systems and upgrade existing ones to be more environmentally sustainable.