The "clean" or "green" economy is an important element of America's emerging next economy. It will define our nation's low carbon future while providing opportunity for workers at all levels of the income and skills distributions. In this report, the clean economy is divided into 39 distinct segments, reflecting the economic activity involved in producing a broad spectrum of clean products, from goods such as wind turbines and solar photovoltaics to services such as mass transit and regulation.
Knoxville's Clean Economy Profile
Clean Economy Job Growth, 2003–2010
CLEAN JOBS 16,135
EXPORTS PER JOB $20,107
ANNUAL WAGE $45,184
In terms of its overall size the clean economy in the Knoxville metropolitan area ranks 31st among the 100 largest metro areas.
Knoxville's 16,135 clean economy jobs make up 4.9 percent of all jobs in the region. On this measure of concentration its clean economy ranks 2nd
Between 2003 and 2010 Knoxville added 9,929 clean jobs to see the sector grow by 14.6 percent annually. Those readings placed the region 11th and 1st
On average each clean economy job in Knoxville produces $20,107 in exports, which ranks it 31st on this measure
The estimated median wage in Knoxville's clean economy is $45,184. This compares to $32,860 for all jobs in Knoxville 2003 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 2010
Note: Changes in employment do not include jobs lost from establishment closings. Some establishments in the database exhibited extreme employment changes, possibly exaggerating a place's growth curve (see report website for a listing of these cases).
Share of Clean Jobs Offering Good Pay for Modest Education, 2010 67.7%
Knoxville's "green collar" share of clean economy jobs 42.9%
100 metro average U.S. blue "green collar" collar share of all jobs economy jobs
Note: Within the clean economy, occupations paying mid-level wages are referred to as "green collar" occupations and include jobs in the following occupational categories: production, transportation, installation, construction, office administration and support, protective services, and social services. The green collar designation is specific to the clean economy; when looking at the overall economy (clean or otherwise), these occupations are typically referred to as "blue collar."
Jobs index (2003=100)Largest Segments of Knoxville's clean economy, 2010
Jobs, Segment 2010
Professional Energy Services 8,146
Remediation 2,461 Professional Environmental Services 1,441 Waste Management and Treatment 1,189 Recycling and Reuse 451
Job Change, 2003–2010 +8,071 +1,035 +764 +200 +175
Annual Average Job Change, 2003–2010 (%) +95.4% +8.1% +11.4% +2.7% +7.3%
Annual Average Job Change, 2003–2010 (%) +95.4% +14.0% +11.4% +9.9% +9.6%
Sample Clean Economy Employers
Bechtel Jacobs Co LLC (Remediation)
Briggs Plumbing Products Inc (Water Efficient Products)
Electric Power Research Institute (Professional Energy Services)
Safety & Ecology Corp (Professional Environmental Services)
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DATA NOTES: This profile presents data developed for the Brookings-Battelle
Clean Economy Database and the report "Sizing the Clean Economy." Methodological details of this database are described in an accompanying appendix document (see the report website listed above).
Readers should be aware that for the data presented here changes in employment do not include jobs lost from establishment closings and that the database does not cover establishments with fewer than five employees.