Careers in Water: WEF and AWWA Join Forces to Promote Working for Water
Posted June 7, 2010
By Paul Freedman, 2009-2010 President of WEF
Just recently I attended my son’s college graduation ceremony; I am very proud and excited about his plans to attend med school, but have to say I am a just bit disappointed he did not pursue a career in the water quality field. I ask you, how many of your children, nieces and nephews and friends are entering our field? I can tell you not enough, in part because we haven’t sold the excitement and opportunities of our field well enough. That is why I am enthused to be blogging about our new Work for Water website, a joint project of WEF and the American Water Works Association. It is so great to blog about a tremendous new initiative that publicizes the exciting opportunities that exist in water careers. It is also satisfying to talk about successful joint efforts by WEF and AWWA that will result in lasting benefits for years to come. This effort will address one of the water and wastewater community’s top concerns, the critical need to recruit new talent to our field given the expected 30% retirement of today’s water workforce.
Launched this week, WorkForWater.org is where students, second career job seekers and others learn how careers in water can be professionally fulfilling and benefit both public health and the environment. The site is designed to attract, inform, and assist job seekers looking at careers in water and water quality. It will also provide water professionals with helpful resources to assist in recruitment and retention of top quality workers and highlight related efforts by water recruiters around the country. Outreach resources to promote water careers will eventually be added.
It is especially exciting to write about how WEF and AWWA have joined forces to share our passion for water in such a creative and positive way. Current and future water professionals all play a vital role in the safety and sustainability of the world’s water, and as the two groups most deeply invested in educating and training those professionals, who better than us to try and deepen and improve that workforce? This exciting project represents the great things that happen when water and wastewater professionals come together. Check us out at www.WorkForWater.org!