About the Industry

Colorado has approximately 2,800 wastewater districts and 4,000 water districts statewide. According to the U. S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics1, Colorado will see a 27% increase in water quality management careers.

Careers in Water Quality Management are vast. Examples of these careers are:

Careers in Water Quality Management

 Job Name

 Education Needed

 Annual Salary (CO Median)

Chemistry Lab Technicians

AAS

$41,470

Geothermal Technicians

AAS

$38,610

Maintenance Pump Operators

AAS

$41,890

Distribution Systems Operators

AAS

$44,450

Waste and Wastewater Treatment Plan and System Operators

AAS

$56,640

Water Pollution/ Environmental Scientists and Specialists

AAS

$43,000

Conservation Technicians

AAS

$48,260

Civil Engineer Technicians

AAS/BAS

$55,570

Chemical Plant and Systems Operator

AAS/BAS

$57,250

Quality Control Analyst

BAS

$49.450

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

BAS

$53,210

Data gathered from O*Net

 

Webinars, Trainings, Workshops

Emerging Young Professionals Workshop through Water Environment Federation

Events through the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association

Events through the Colorado Water Conservation Board

Trainings and workshops with the Colorado Watershed Assembly

EPA Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar: Tribal Community Water Systems July 27

18th Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop (Virtual) August 30 - September 2

 

Professional Associations/Networks

American Water Works Association students and young professionals: https://www.awwa.org/Membership-Volunteering/Students-Young-Professionals/Student-Chapters

EPA- sign up for their newsletter: https://www.epa.gov/newsroom/email-subscriptions-epa-news-releases

American Water Federation student and young professionals: https://www.wef.org/membership/students-and-young-professionals2/

Colorado Well Water Contractors Association Education and News

Scholarship Opportunities are available

Questions?

Contact us: rrcc.wqm@rrcc.edu