Dec 30, 2016 10:28 AM EST

Market-Moving Career Shifts In 2016 Set Battle Stage For Green Business

Several huge business and political names changed their career paths, a move that could impact sustainability in 2017 and beyond. Environmentalists are bracing themselves for a big fight when it comes to turning businesses green, especially following the election of Donald Trump as the U.S. president.

Trump's position on climate change had pushed environmentalists on the edge of their seats. Come 2017, the U.S. president-elect will have the power to make or break U.S. policies on climate and energy. So far, the future looks bleak for those who are fighting for Mother Earth as Trump appears to be a nonbeliever of climate change.

On the bright side, several businesses and regulatory bodies are preparing for the shift to green business, with some companies announcing appointments leaning toward sustainability. Most of the career moves are expected to have a significant impact on the fight for sustainability.

GreenBiz reported that some interesting change of careers that could affect sustainability include Michael Bloomberg's appointment as chair of Financial Stability Board's Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure, Geisha Williams assumption of the CEO role at PG&E, and Trump's appointment of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, Texas Governor Rick Perry as Department of Energy head and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA head.

Trump's appointments raised concerns among the environmental activists because these people, including Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke who was appointed Department of the Interior chief, are known to oppose actions that could combat climate change.

People who are interested in pursuing a green career could do so it is expected to grow quickly in the coming years. There are many career opportunities that support sustainability. With proper education and training, anyone can do their part in saving the earth by shifting to a green career path. Jobs & Hire previously reported about the opportunities that an environmental studies degree presents.

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