Water Infrastructure Jobs Will Heat Up In Late 2010

Many predictions about the job market in 2010 have a common theme: Competition for jobs will be high and hiring will be will be slow to pick up. While I agree that some areas of the economy will be in a slow growth mode, I can say with full assurance that the Environmental and Infrastructure job markets will heat up and gain speed toward the end of 2010 especially in the area of water infrastructure. Don’t believe me? Let me explain why I believe water infrastructure jobs will grow in 2010.

The Opportunity to Fix Our Water Infrastructure

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will force over $6 Billion towards the maintenance and construction of the water infrastructure where it is sorely needed. You have heard about the large amounts of energy lost in the electrical grid. Did you know that we, as a nation, lose an estimated 7 Billion gallons of drinking water per day through leaking pipes? The maintenance and construction required to fix this issue will provide strong opportunity for long-term term job growth. Another point behind my prediction is the EPA is under mandate to get all of the water project stimulus money under contract by February 17, 2010 to “expeditiously create jobs”.   Will these jobs materialize immediately? No. But they will come as companies gear up to perform the work.

What  immediate jobs will be created from these funds?

Utility and underground construction: According to the report Sudden Impact: Assessment of Short-Term Economic Impacts of Water and Wastewater Projects in the United States” from the Clean Water Council “Investments in water and wastewater infrastructure have immediate, substantial and far-reaching effects on the economy.  At the national level, an investment of $1 billion almost triples in size as total demand for goods and services reaches an estimated $2.87 to $3.46 billion.” Water Utility Contractors will experience a spike in growth due to these “shovel ready” projects. They will need people who can work in outdoor and underground conditions such as construction managers, superintendents, pipe fitters, welders, machine operators and other skilled labor. There will be strong demand across all of the positions in this industry as projects move forward.

Civil, environmental engineers and scientists: Every water project must be designed and specified before they are constructed. Engineers and scientists play a pivotal role in making sure that  water systems are constructed properly and monitor their performance once they are in operation. As I have said in previous articles, these fields have substantial shortages of people. The major reason that layoffs have occurred in this career field is a lack of funding for projects not a lack of work. If you are considering a wholesale career change this area of the environmental industry offers strong opportunities.

Project Finance and Asset management: The costs of building and maintaining water infrastructure must be documented and managed over time. The water industry, like everyone else, is facing significant challenges in procuring and allocating new funding sources while balancing costs and compliance. These jobs will require people who are well-educated in accounting, engineering, finance, information technology and law. There are other niche careers in this area such as metering and rate structuring which will need people as well.

More Information to Come 

Over the next few articles, we will explore more career opportunities in environmental and infrastructure markets. What I need from you is simple: Tell someone about this blog and share these articles. In the meantime, I will make sure to provide links to resources that will help job seekers to find these opportunities.  One more thing: watch Hinton Human Capital Jobs for more opportunities.

8 Responses to “Water Infrastructure Jobs Will Heat Up In Late 2010”
  1. I hope the Y 2010 economy will be better than Y2009. Thanks for sharing

  2. Todd Chrisstman says:

    My Name is Todd Christman, I am a waterloss control specialist in the Water Utility Industry. My job is to go to the largest utilities in America to work on asset management and non revenue water audits. I found your add very interesting unfortunately the losses are a lot more extensive that realized before. We current check for unaccounted for water in the USA where managers can make the losses look anyway they want to. We are now starting to use a water audit approach started in the UK in the 90’s. Of the major cities I have checked over the years I am finding the average leakage around 30% Nationwide. Keep up the good work.

  3. The underlying need for public water supply throughout North America,is for vast amounts of capital to replace and/or repair thousands of miles of leaking water pipes and antiquated water treament facilities.

    So long as the public/municipality-owned water utilities persist with low levels of manpower productivity, there will be no ready access to capital at costs that are credible or even affordable. Indeed, until and unless the muncipality-based water utilities implement reforms to increase manpower and assets productivities, there is little if any hope of reduced costs or increasesd capital, that avoid higher-than-necessary water rate increase.

    Most of North America’s muncipality-owned water utiities, manage the business as it was organised a century ago. It really is time enough, to implement substantial changes, to increase manpower and asset productivities of the municipality-owned water utilities, throughout most of North America.

  4. Wasis says:

    All of us hope the situation better in 2010

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