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From the LI Water Conference: August 17, 2011

It’s a Tough Economy, But the Water Industry Has Great Job Opportunities

As we continue to hear discouraging stories about unemployed college graduates, as well as men and women being laid off and left looking for work, careers with strong futures are increasingly attracting attention. It might surprise you to know that one growing field with a wide array of opportunities is the water supply industry.

Public concern about water conservation and water quality has significantly raised the profile of the water industry in recent years. At the same time, advanced technology – including water-treatment, telemetry, and geographical information systems — has opened up many new jobs.

Across the U.S., the water industry currently employs over 100,000 people, and demands for employees in a variety of specialized areas are increasing. In highest demand are water treatment operators, waste-water operators, electricians, and engineers. Many other openings are available in engineering, organizational services, communications, policy and education, laboratory, operations, maintenance, trades and environmental science.

Long Island has one of the most plentiful natural water reserves in the country, and the water industry here is growing rapidly and continuously. With a strong groundwater aquifer serving as the primary supply source, and boasting more than 1,000 wells, Long Island produces some of the highest quality drinking water in the nation. Local water purveyors work diligently to ensure that it remains so — and that requires trained experts in a variety of specialized fields.

The American Water Works Association has teamed up with the Water Environment Federation to create a dynamic website providing clear information about the opportunities and benefits of a career in the water industry. Work for Water (www.workforwater.org) offers specific guidance for high school and vocational technology students, college students and graduates, individuals seeking post-military second careers, and those educated in advanced science. The easy-to-navigate website provides detailed and extensive support for anyone considering working in the water industry. Visit the site to learn how your education and training can lead to a profitable and gratifying career.

In addition to offering exciting opportunities and excellent salaries, the water industry opens the door to an extremely rewarding experience. Water industry employees serve a vital human need, impacting their communitties as they protect and preserve one of our most precious natural resources.

If you’re embarking on a new career, or considering changing your current one, the water industry is a great place to start!