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Become A Water Quality Specialist

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Working As A Water Quality Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $67,460

    Average Salary

What Does A Water Quality Specialist Do At North Alamo Water Supply Corporation

* Responsible for using a variety of techniques (as is applicable to each situation) such as electrical, magnetic, blueprint analysis, and/or radar to locate and measure depth of water lines.
* Responsible for documenting interactions, site information, and line information into the appropriate systems.
* Communicates with engineers and management as needed.
* Participates in job specific training, and other various required corporate training programs; Complies with federal and state regulations and all established corporate policies and procedures.
* Other duties as may be assigned

What Does A Water Quality Specialist Do At Virginia State Government

* conducting inspections of logging jobs; making determinations on likely and existing water quality issues; working with loggers to correct water quality problems; representing the agency at informal conferences; conducting internal audits; providing technical assistance to the forestry community on the implementation of specific water quality protection measures; assisting with developing of pre-harvest plans and other site-specific recommendations for timber harvesting; and promoting Best Management Practices (BMP) for loggers.
* Incumbents will work closely with field staff and serve as responder for wildland fires and other emergencies

What Does A Water Quality Specialist Do At Mount Hermon

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How To Become A Water Quality Specialist

For most jobs, environmental scientists and specialists need at least a bachelor’s degree in a natural science.

Education

For most entry-level jobs, environmental scientists and specialists must have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science or a science-related field, such as biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, or engineering. However, a master’s degree may be needed for advancement. Environmental scientists and specialists who have a doctoral degree make up a small percentage of the occupation, and this level of training is typically needed only for the relatively few postsecondary teaching and basic research positions.

A bachelor’s degree in environmental science offers a broad approach to the natural sciences. Students typically take courses in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Students often take specialized courses in hydrology or waste management as part of their degree as well. Classes in environmental policy and regulation are also beneficial. Students who want to reach the Ph.D. level and have a career in academia or as an environmental scientist doing basic research may find it advantageous to major in a more specific natural science such as chemistry, biology, physics, or geology, rather than a broader environmental science degree.

Students should look for classes and internships that include work in computer modeling, data analysis, and geographic information systems. Students with experience in these programs will be the best prepared to enter the job market. The University Consortium of Atmospheric Research (UCAR) offers several programs to help students broaden their understanding of environmental sciences.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Environmental scientists and specialists base their conclusions on careful analysis of scientific data. They must consider all possible methods and solutions in their analyses.

Communication skills. Environmental scientists and specialists may need to present and explain their findings to audiences of varying backgrounds and to write technical reports.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental scientists and specialists typically work on teams with scientists, engineers, and technicians. Team members must be able to work together effectively to achieve their goals.

Problem-solving skills. Environmental scientists and specialists try to find the best possible solution to problems that affect the environment and people’s health.

Self-discipline. Environmental scientists and specialists may spend a lot of time working alone. They need to be able to stay motivated and get their work done without supervision.

Advancement

Environmental scientists and specialists often begin their careers as field analysts, research assistants, or technicians in laboratories and offices. As they gain experience, they earn more responsibilities and autonomy, and may supervise the work of technicians or other scientists. Eventually, they may be promoted to project leader, program manager, or other management or research position.

Other environmental scientists and specialists go on to work as researchers or faculty at colleges and universities.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Environmental scientists and specialists can become Certified Hazardous Materials Managers through the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. This certification, which must be renewed every 5 years, shows that an environmental scientist or specialist is staying current with developments relevant to this occupation’s work.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some environmental scientists and specialists begin their careers as scientists in related occupations, such as hydrology or engineering, and then move into the more interdisciplinary field of environmental science.

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Real Water Quality Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Specialist II, Water Quality & Enviromental Compli American Water Works Service Company, Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Apr 15, 2014 $82,410
Specialist II, Water Quality & Enviromental Compli American Water Works Service Company, Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Oct 12, 2014 $81,411 -
$82,410
Water Quality Standards Specialist Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Jan 07, 2015 $53,532
Water Quality Standards Specialist Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Jul 01, 2015 $53,532
Specialist II, Water Quality & Environmental Compl American Water Works Company, Inc. Voorhees, NJ Sep 26, 2011 $48,850
Specialist II, Water Quality & Environmental Compl American Water Works Company, Inc. NJ Sep 26, 2011 $48,850

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Top Skills for A Water Quality Specialist

WaterQualityTestsRegulatoryComplianceWaterQualitySamplesLaboratoryAnalysisPHSafetyRulesProceduresWaterTreatmentEquipmentAccessDatabaseWaterDepartmentGISTechnicalAssistanceCustomerServiceGPSDistributionSystemOutreachManagementPracticesDataEntryDataCollectionDataAnalysis

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Top Water Quality Specialist Skills

  1. Water Quality Tests
  2. Regulatory Compliance
  3. Water Quality Samples
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed water quality tests and cataloging in agency lab.
  • Prepared data, SOP's, customer letters, chain of custodies, reports, regulatory compliance.
  • Water quality samples were taken from sentinel lakes surrounding possible mining locations in the Arrowhead Region.
  • Compile sampling reports for site visits and laboratory analysis.
  • Performed water quality tests; turbidity, alkalinity, oxygen demand, and pH.

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