Austria’s main waste management association, the Association of Austrian Waste Management Companies (VOEB), highlighted the numerous job opportunities from the circular economy. “Around every 10th job opening is … a so-called green job,” VOEB said in a report issued on 18th March to coincide with World Recycling Day.

It said the green jobs in waste management included roles such as plant technician, experts in material flow management, logistics specialists and lorry drivers. It said the sector also offers an apprenticeship as a waste management and recycling specialist.

In addition, schools have the opportunity to visit companies in the waste and resource management sector during the VOEB Environment Week in June.

Gabriele Jüly, who became the first woman VOEB president in 2020, said that jobs in the sector guarantee a career that is relevant, safe and in a varied working environment. She said she had a personal goal to motivate more young women to join  the industry.

“Green jobs in the waste management sector are down-to-earth professions that have one thing in common: They make an important contribution to the circular economy and advance climate protection,” the report quoted Michael Außerdorfer, board member of the Young VOEB, as saying.

“We collect and sort waste that is valuable to us in order to recycle it and thus provide important resources for the economy,” Außerdorfer added.

To achieve the climate and energy transition, VOEB estimates that Austria needs around 100,000 skilled workers in the sector by 2030.

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