Join the Water Environment Federation to Advance Your Career

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So you want to work in water quality management. You’ll be happy to know that the career outlook for hydrologists and water resources specialists is excellent. In fact, the demand for hydrologists is expected to grow 18 percent between 2008 and 2018 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). 
Soil and water quality experts will be needed as states draft initiatives to improve water resources by preventing agricultural and industrial pollution. Private sector consulting firms and scientific research and development efforts will spearhead this growth. Demand will be driven by concerns over environmental protection, responsible land management, and water-related issues.
If you’re pursuing a career in water quality management, you might want to join the Water Environment Federation (WEF). It provides technical education and training for the world’s water quality professionals. The not for profit Federation has 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations dedicated to preserving and enhancing the global water environment. 

WEF’s technical and career resources can help launch your successful career in the water and wastewater field. They help students and young professionals get involved in a variety of programs, exposing students to the technical aspects of water protection through hands-on activities. Students can connect with leaders in the field at home or at WEFTEC, the world’s largest annual exhibit and educational forum on water and wastewater technologies.  Students can participate through their local WEF Student Chapter or they can join WEF’s work with such organizations as Engineers Without Borders or Water for People. 

WEF also offers comprehensive online training materials for water professionals and students. This allows you to study at your own pace, taking any number of courses that qualify for continuing education credits. You can even sign up for a webcast and participate in a group setting. Regardless of your professional standing, WEF offers many different options for online training and professional development.

Join WEF.  Membership in WEF is a sound investment in your career and in the quality of life in your community. Join WEF's community of engineers, educators, students, operators, companies and individuals interested in enhancing our water quality.

Check out WEF’s many conferences and events

Incidentally, the University of Arizona’s Department of Hydrology and Water Resources offers excellent degree programs in water quality management. The rigorous first-class curriculum has earned an international reputation that gives students a leg up today’s tough job market. Many students obtain professional entry-level employment after they earn a bachelor's degree. Graduate-level degrees can help grads land jobs in advanced research in national laboratories and environmental law. U of A students secure jobs in private consulting companies, industrial and agricultural firms, and government agencies at the city, county, state and federal levels, throughout the U.S. and abroad. 

So if you want to launch your career in water quality management, you now know what to do—get a fine education and join and be active in the WEF. 




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