Florida Gateway College offers various opportunities in Water Resource programs. Why? Because the water industry needs YOU! There is a growing demand for jobs in the environmental field. These positions offer you a chance at a “green” career with a purpose that makes a difference in the health and well-being of your community.
Are you already in the industry? FGC offers online training and certifications, as well as an Associate of Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science to help accelerate your career.
Water Resources continues to be a growing field. Employment of water and wastewater treatment plant operators is projected to grow by more than 8 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the US Department of Labor. Job prospects should be excellent – population growth and increased demand for water and wastewater treatment will drive employment growth, and new jobs will be created when existing plants expand and new plants are built.
Water resources management is the activity of planning, developing, distributing and managing the optimum use of our most vital natural resource, and managers have to make difficult decisions on water allocation. More and more they have to balance diminishing supplies between ever-increasing demands.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Water Resources Management at Florida Gateway College is a fully online program that prepares students for a career in the water industry. It is part of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s challenge for affordable four year degrees costing less than $10,000. In this program, students will learn best practices in water systems management, identifying who uses water, quantifying how much water is used, and optimizing how that water is used.
Water issues are not only a matter of managing systems; they are also economic and political in nature. Students of this program will also learn the intricacies of public administration and policy, environmental regulation and compliancy, and environmental policy and management..
Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Water Resources Management B.A.S. include:
- Environmental Scientists and Specialists
- Conservation Scientist
The Environmental Science Technology A.S. program is designed for those who wish to enter the water resource management industry as well as experienced industry workers. This program can be the gateway to excellent career opportunities in an industry that is expected to grow as the population increases and is vital to the public health and economic development of the state and nation.
Water and wastewater operators with at least a C level license may qualify for college credit for their license after earning 15 credit hours in the program. Entry-level candidates may take college credit courses which qualify them to sit for the Florida Level C license exams in water and wastewater operations. All courses, except the elective practicum, may be taken online.
Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Environmental Science Technology A.S. include:
- Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
- Environmental Engineering Technicians
The Environmental Science Technician certificate is designed for individuals wishing to enter the water and wastewater field, as well as experienced water and wastewater operators seeking to advance their careers.
In addition, to work as treatment plant operators, graduates can work for private companies, as well as government agencies.
The Water Quality Technician Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the water quality field, in the area of water, wastewater, or water distribution. The first two courses provide the scientific and mathematics background for students planning to enter the career field. The Special Topics courses satisfy the Florida DEP requirement for completion of a course of study in drinking water plant operator and/or wastewater treatment plant operator in order to qualify to take the operator’s certification test. All courses articulate to the AS in Environmental Science.
Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Water Quality Technician certificate include:
- Water Treatment Plant and System Operators
- Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators