3 Green Industries That Will Continue to Pay Well Until 2020 44

3 Green Industries That Will Continue to Pay Well Until 2020

The following article is a guest post.

200 years ago, pretty much anybody could get a job for life and work all the way through retirement.

Environmental and technology factors weren’t as evident back then as they are today. Nowadays, these factors can cause changes to entire industries so quickly that people who planned to work in their jobs until they reached their pension age suddenly find themselves out of a job.

There are promises and pledges to bring these jobs back. However, history shows that industries move forward and create new wealth and opportunity with the change.

People often get caught up in the nostalgia of the “gold rush” with their industry jobs. Instead, they must recognize that they have to adapt to changes or they will find themselves left high and dry with no income, no skills and no livelihood.

The green industry continues to grow at an astonishing rate and people that have prepared for the emerging industries will be among the first ones to reap the new wealth from these industries.

Here’s a few industries that have thrived in the last decade.

1. LED lighting.

Incandescent light bulbs have dominated the market for over a century.

However, in recent years, it has come under significant threat from energy-efficient lighting; in particular LED lights.

Lighting contributes heavily towards carbon emissions and it’s caught the attention of world leaders, who are committed to implementing solutions that will minimize carbon emissions caused by fossil-fueled energy production for lighting.

LED light bulbs have emerged as the ‘unsung hero’ for its ability to minimize energy consumption by up to 80%. Even though the technology has been around for years, the pricing of these bulbs have come down over the years that it is now economically viable to compete with incandescent light bulbs.

The LED lighting market has boomed, with several businesses now turning over millions of dollars in revenue annually. As a result, thousands of new jobs have been created in the LED industry.

A shining example is Melbourne-based LED lighting supplier LEDified.

In 2 years, the company had grown its annual revenue to $20 million and was expected to grow the revenue by another $10 million in the following year. Since the company’s launch, over 100 jobs have been created with staff earning an income of $55,000 a year or more.

2. Fracking.

There are mixed feelings about fracking, but one thing that is certain is that it is having an impact on jobs that involve extracting fossil fuel for energy. Coal jobs are being affected since fracking is making natural gas cheaper to purchase. Fracking is making natural gas cheaper

According to a Reuters report, fracking added 725,000 jobs to the US economy in 2015.

The industry is open to low skilled workers who can earn big bucks, with some workers reportedly earning over $1000 a day.

There’s an ongoing debate about the impact of fracking on the environment and whether the new wealth is worth the environmental cost.

However, for people that have traditionally worked in other similar industries, it might be worth retraining to take advantage of the current fracking employment boom.

3. Renewable energy.

Societies are working towards providing renewable energy solutions instead of relying on fossil fuel production.

In China, the government has already shut down several coal-fired energy production plants in favor of renewable energy producing power plants.

There are emerging job opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

Wind turbine technicians and solar installers can earn a salary over $50,000, while sales positions in those industries can provide a base salary of $100,000 or more.

Quite often, it’s difficult for people to accept change.

Shares the same nostalgia as people who saw their manufacturing jobs disappear when machines were bought to automate the process and drive down costs.

Even though some individuals promise to bring back those jobs, the truth is most of those jobs have gone forever.

Beat the trend and get trained in one of these green industries. Not only will it be lucrative, but you will be working ethically towards a more sustainable future.

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Data Is Important to Your Business’s Operations: Keep It as Safe as It Is Accessible 4

The Secret to Designing Perfect Landing Pages

Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
  • Scheduling: This need is not as common but it’s still out there. Sometimes, users need to send documents at certain times of the day, usually to avoid bandwidth conflicts. Customers with scheduling needs almost always need MFT, because its systems are very robust.
  • Indirect Transfer: Only MFT allows users to send documents to an intermediary server when then forwards them to the recipients. The user and recipient are isolated from each other, and such transfers are easier to track.

Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.