Alabama, Florida and Georgia are in court fighting over it. Western States like Arizona, Colorado and California have a shortage of it. It has caused millions of dollars of damage in the Midwest. What is it? -Water. Clean water is a hot issue across the US because it is essential life and our economy. Many areas of the US are struggling to find more sources of water to meet the demand of their growing populations. Yet most job seekers are unaware of the potential jobs available in protecting this vital resource. Here are some reasons why job seekers should consider a career in the water industry:
High Number of Job Openings: Like other utility companies, water companies and engineering consultants are faced with a large number of retirements in their engineering, operations and maintenance ranks. This exodus is not just a loss of numbers but also a loss of institutional knowledge (Knowledge Capital). They will need well trained people to step into the open positions.
High Investment Potential: It is well publicized that our country’s water infrastructure needs at least $ 1 trillion dollars of investment to get it modern standards. While this level of investment will not happen at once, governments, water authorities and politicians know the work needs to be done and projects will create well paying jobs. One of the hottest areas of water jobs will be flood and storm water management.
Increased Regulations: Believe or not, increased regulatory standards are good in some cases because they provide standards to protect the water supply from potential threats such as terrorism and pollution. The water industry is also entering into “Smart Grid” technology with the deployment of high tech water meters and quality monitors.
Low numbers of trained professionals: The retirements of “baby boomers” will leave a wealth of job opportunities but a dearth of knowledge in some geographic areas. Trained and experienced water professionals who choose to move into the areas will have good prospects for jobs.
What You Should Do For Your Water Job
Investigate the water industry for career opportunities on H2Opportunity website especially water treatment plant operator
Research at the vast array of companies in the water industry across the Internet
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Green, Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for a Water System Leak Detection Supervisor for a international Water Services company. Ideal candidate will have at least 5-7 years of demonstrated experience plus the following skills and abilities:
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
5 to 7 years of recent work experience in municipal water systems, including focus on design, maintenance or operation
Responsible for supervising and implementation leak detection projects including managing and training multiple field crews on leak detection tools, techniques, procedures and best practices.
Ability to communicate scope of work, project milestones and project findings with clients
Oversee and monitor project schedule, and supervise field staff in conducting leak detection projects
Responsible for job site safety, cleanliness and security
Knowledge of project management principles
Responsible for maintenance and calibration of all Leak Detection equipment
Strong problem solving skills and mathematical aptitude
Skilled in the maintenance, repair and use of mechanical equipment, including pumps, hydraulics, motors, valves, hydrants, and water systems
BS degree in technical field such as science or engineering
Confined space entry certified, or ability to obtain certification in 6 months from date of hire
Ability to work outdoors for long periods of time exposed to weather
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for water & waste water treatment operators is expected to be strong over the next decade(See more information). The shortage of water treatment operators is not just due to the high number retirements and crumbling infrastructure. The knowledge required to treat water is becoming more complicated. Operators not only have to understand a plant’s mechanical systems, they also have to learn about the latest advances in computerized control systems and treatment processes. Further, the loss of experienced operators may also be a huge loss of industry knowledge. With these challenges affecting the industry, new people are sorely needed especially in the rural areas of the US.
How Do You Get Training?
Water treatment operators are not required to have a college degree but they must complete a state approved training program and apply for a license. Here are links to water and waste water treatment training and licensure programs in every state: