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Help Wanted in Water Tech Careers

The College of Sciences is co-sponsoring a conference, "Blue Jobs: Help Wanted in the Blue Economy," on June 19.
By Hallie Jacobs

San Diego has been a powerhouse in the water technology industry for decades.

To address potential career opportunities in the growing field, the San Diego State University College of Sciences, is teaming up with the Maritime Alliance to co-sponsor "Blue Jobs: Help Wanted in the Blue Economy."

The conference also caters to members of the United States Navy, and will discuss career options available to veterans. 

About the conference

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 19, at SDSU's Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.

Professionals in the water technology field will discuss current and future career opportunities in the booming industry. Stakeholders will examine a number of issues vital to both understanding and improving shortcomings in California’s water industry labor pool.

Event highlights:

  • Human resource managers from water authorities and other water facilities and agencies will discuss anticipated hiring needs over the short and long-term
  • Technology developers will forecast their labor demands, ranging from engineers to technicians to administrative support
  • Workforce development and employment professionals will assess the nature of current market and technical and labor supply challenges
  • U.S. Navy representatives will focus on how veterans fit into the equation and what experience and qualifications they bring
  • Remarks by the Maritime Alliance Board of Supervisors Chairman, Greg Cox
  • Introduction to “The Art of Science Learning Incubator for Innovation," an National Science Foundation-funded collaborative focused on the regional challenge of “Water and the mismatch between supply and demand”

More information

Attendees must register online for the conference. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Bill Riedy, executive director of the Maritime Alliance.