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Why study water management?

David Mussared, Proprietor of NRMjobs, talks about the benefits of a career in water management.
Why study water management?

Why study water management?

Tertiary qualifications in integrated water management provide you with an adaptable set of skills which are in demand in many different situations, in Australia and world-wide.

Of course there are lucrative career opportunities in all aspects of the growing water industry - urban and rural - but there are also opportunities in the broader natural resource management and environmental fields, in urban and regional planning, in the public sector, in environmental consultancies and in the minerals industry.

Water management is also personally very satisfying. It means you can work in the kind of job where you know you are making a difference. Maintaining a sustainable water supply is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. People who work in water management are right at the coalface of the sustainability debate. Your decisions can help support communities, save species, revitalise landscapes and create a better future.

What are the benefits for job applicants who have a postgraduate degree versus those who don't?

The integrated water management industry has become much more 'professionalised' over the past decade. Salaried positions now almost all require tertiary education, and more and more employers are also looking for postgraduate qualifications, particularly when they are making appointments to higher level positions.

Increasingly water management leaders are required to think 'outside the square'. Water management is now so complex and inter-connected with other industries and concerns that practitioners need to be able to bring wide-ranging theoretical and practical knowledge even to seemingly simple projects.

What is the demand for water management professionals and how do you think it is going to grow?

Water management is one of the few Australian industries which did not feel the pinch much from the Global Financial Crisis.

In a future world of climate change and growing population, fresh water management will become ever more intensive, and ever more central to prosperity, community health and environmental sustainability. Water will inevitably become scarcer - and more expensive. Managing it well will become critical.

At NRMjobs we see plenty of evidence of this trend already - with persistent, strong demand from employers seeking to fill water management positions, including severe skills shortages in some areas.


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