Green collar workers: An emerging workforce in the environmental sector

Laura A. McClure, William G. LeBlanc, Cristina A. Fernandez, Lora E. Fleming, David J. Lee, Kevin J. Moore, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez

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Objective: We describe the socio-demographic, occupational, and health characteristics of "green collar" workers, a vital and emerging workforce in energy-efficiency and sustainability. Methods: We linked data from the 2004 to 2012 National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) and US Occupational Information Network (O∗NET). Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were conducted using green collar worker status as the outcome (n=143,346). Results: Green collar workers are more likely than non-green workers to be men, age 25 to 64 years, obese, and with less than or equal to high school (HS) education. They are less likely to be racial/ethnic minorities and employed in small companies or government jobs. Conclusions: Green collar workers have a distinct socio-demographic and occupational profile, and this workforce deserves active surveillance to protect its workers' safety. The NHIS-O∗NET linkage represents a valuable resource to further identify the unique exposures and characteristics of this occupational sector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-445
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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