High School Students

Career opportunities in the water quality profession vary widely, both in the type and nature of positions available, as well as the level of education and training required to qualify for those positions.  

Why Water?

When you work for water, you work for the health of your community and the environment. Water is essential to every community and ecosystem; therefore you can find well-paying, stable water jobs almost anywhere. 

Where will I work? 

According to WorkForWater.Org, there are over 80,000 community water and wastewater facilities in USA and Canada. Each of those facilities requires dedicated staff to keep the water safe, clean and to protect public health. There are thousands of additional positions, which further assist the industry, by providing services and equipment to each municipality. Whether you live in a large or small community, there are opportunities for you!

What training will I need?

Due to the vast array of opportunities and careers available, training and educational requirements vary greatly. 

For example, water and wastewater treatment plant operators often receive much of their training on the job and entities, such as the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA), American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Michigan Rural Water Association (MRWA) provide additional courses and training as well. Water and wastewater utilities also need college graduates from an assortment of majors such as engineering, biology, chemistry, and even communications. Regardless of your background, you’ll find a way to make an impact in the water community.

Helpful Information

    What is the Water Environment Industry?

    Career Tools

    Job Seeking Tips

    College Programs in Michigan with a water focus

    Water Career Profile (Quiz)   

    Stockholm Junior Water Prize  

    Scholarship Information 
            From the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA)

            From Michigan Section – American Water Works Association (MI-AWWA)