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The Overflowing Opportunities in Water and Wastewater Management

by Tim Brunicardi on January 2, 2018

In high school did you excel in math and science? Would you be interested in a job that would not only benefit your community, but the entire planet as well? Does the prospect of following a career path that’s literally overflowing with opportunities for advancement sound tempting? Then you should become a wastewater manager.

If so, then you should become a wastewater manager by getting an Associate of Technical Study in Water and Wastewater Management.

What do Water/Wastewater Management Employees do?

  • Add chemicals, such as ammonia or chlorine, to disinfect water or other liquids
  • Inspect equipment on a regular basis
  • Monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges
  • Collect and test water and sewage samples
  • Record meter and gauge readings, and operational data
  • Document and report test results to regulatory agencies
  • Operate equipment to purify and clarify water or to process or dispose of sewage 
  • Clean and maintain equipment, tanks, filter beds, and other work areas
  • Follow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
  • Ensure safety standards are met

What are the Job Benefits?

Some of the unique benefits of seeking a career in the water/wastewater management field include the following:

  • Guaranteed job security
  • Vast job opportunities everywhere from major cities to rural communities
  • The opportunity to work both indoors and outdoors
  • Steady opportunities for career advancement
  • A high probability for early retirement
  • A median salary of $45,760
  • Encouraging job prospects that project an estimated 124,000 water/wastewater management positions by 2024

What are the Physical Requirements?

The following physical attributes are considered essential for anyone seriously interested in going into the water/wastewater management field:

  • Ability to lift/carry/push/pull a minimum of 50 lbs
  • Ability to climb/crawl
  • Ability to deal with loud noises
  • Excellent manual dexterity
  • Good sense of smell
  • Near and far vision acuity
  • No fear of heights
  • No history of color blindness
  • No history of claustrophobia

Why Pursue a Water/Wastewater Management Degree at Hocking College?

The only thing more important than deciding upon a career path is finding exactly the right school to help you fulfill your professional destiny. Therefore, making the decision to attend Hocking College will offer students interested in obtaining their Associate of Technical Study in Natural Resources: Major in Water and Wastewater Management degree with the following advantages:Water-and-Waste-Water-Treatment-and-Management.jpg

  • The water/wastewater management program at Hocking College is currently the only one of its kind being offered in Southeast Ohio.
  • Smaller class sizes that allow students more one-on-one time with instructors.
  • Hands-on specialized training in how to keep a wastewater treatment plant fully operational on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis.
  • The opportunity to take both an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 30-hour safety class, and an OSHA 40-hour HazWoper Health and Safety class.
  • Hands-on specialized training in all aspects of the wastewater recycling process-from the collection of wastewater to its treatment, and eventual distribution back into the environment.
  • Classes such as Environmental Ethics, Environmental Science and Environmental Geology that teach students how different aspects of the environment relate to the water/wastewater management industry.
  • Hands-on specialized training in how to use both a Global Positioning System (GPS) and a Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Speech and English Composition classes to help students improve upon their oral and verbal communication skills.
  • Hocking College is the only two-year college in the area with residence halls.
  • The opportunity to receive an Associate of Technical Study in Natural Resources: Major in Water and Wastewater Management degree in only four semesters.
  • The potential to begin a promising career as an unclassified wastewater treatment plant employee immediately after graduation.
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