Demand for the LEED Accredited Professional and LEED Green Associate credentials grew 46 percent over a 12-month period, according to the US Green Building Council.
The study, conducted by USGBC education partner Pearson, using data provided by Burning Glass, found a total of 9,033 US job postings from March 2013 to February 2014 that required a LEED credential. Top fields being advertised included available positions in mechanical, electrical and civil engineering; construction management; architecture; software development; sales management; property management and interior design, among others.
A secondary 90-day study conducted by Pearson, using data provided by Burning Glass, from January to March 2014 of 2,354 US green-building related positions also found LEED as the skill in highest demand by a wide margin. LEED appeared in 59 percent of all postings, compared to the second-most-required skill, which appeared in 17 percent of the postings.
In an effort to streamline the LEED project review process, earlier this month the Green Building Certification Institute launched LEED Proven Provider.