There is nothing more satisfying than helping people bring water. If you can be in a job that does, consider yourself lucky! Given the enormous and complex challenges climate change poses to water management, there are a number of career opportunities in this emerging area of ​​the water industry that can be both rewarding and meaningful to prepare for.

Study to become a water expert

There are several undergraduate and postgraduate programs within India that you can opt for if you are looking to build a career as a water professional.

1. Water programs at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS), Shiv Nadar University, Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), as well as design programs such as at CEPT University in Gujarat prepare students for a multidisciplinary career.

Azim Premji University and Anand Rural Management Institute (IRMA) are also great places to begin training in wide areas of development and rural management and specialize in water after these courses.

Course fee: INR 6 lakhs to INR 15 lakhs

2. Technical courses, such as those offered by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), and other institutes offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering in the field of water resources are essential for a future career in the Water management useful and safe to take some climate science courses to prepare you for the future.

Course fee: INR 8 lakhs to INR 12 lakhs

3. Careers in Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain on Water are now supported by the International Center for Clean Water (ICCW-IIT Chennai), with most of these programs being open to competition followed by an assisted program.

Where are you going for jobs in the water industry?

What kind of jobs can you get once you have a qualification in certain areas of water management? Do you pay well? Is there career growth?

Water is a national priority for most countries. Hence, the ability to deal with this precious resource is a skill that has not come out of trend or demand.

1. NGOs and multilateral agencies:

Entry-level positions on water in NGOs such as Pradan, Water Aid, the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation, the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (India) – AKRSP (I) and UNICEF offer a range of positions for water specialists. These can be field roles, data collection and analysis, or more strategic roles such as that of a program manager.

2. Philanthropic institutions:

Water-oriented philanthropies like Arghyam, Frank Water and Water Harvest and others like Tata Trusts and Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) have focused on water portfolios.

3. Startups and social enterprises:

Social innovation hubs like Social Alpha and ICCW, water companies like Piramal Sarvajal and WaterHealth, ioT Sensors and related startups focused on water measurement (FluxGen, WaterOn, SmartTerra and others) and water testing (Heuristic Devices, Earthface Annalytics) as well as water landscape design agencies like Biome Solutions more and more opportunities for jobs.

4. University and research institutions:

Organizations such as the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) (multidisciplinary water science research), IISs / IITs (technical research), ICSSR (social sciences) and NGOs (applied research) have early careers Water professionals as young researchers or employees.

5.Water treatment, wastewater and agricultural water management industries:

Water supply (Gammon India), agricultural water management (Jain Irrigation), sewage and other fields (Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society) are leading industrial sectors with positions in technology R&D, marketing, operations and management.

The amount of compensation in these profiles depends on the expertise you have demonstrated and can range from INR 50,000 to INR 125,000. They also offer research opportunities, international collaborations and a presence at national and international conferences.

Water is a complex and evolving topic. While lessons can be learned from global experiences, India has its own unique challenges that require creative and economical solutions.

Hence, it is imperative for those entering these careers to develop a deep understanding of technology, application, and implementation. The contact to global and national experts and the updating of research developments can go a long way along this path.

The water challenge takes you and a million others to face it. Discover how you can make a difference on this water day. Go with the flow and prepare for a rewarding career in the water!

– Article by Dr. Sunderrajan Krishnan, member of the water working group, and Ganesh Shankar, Smart Cities Working Group, IET Future Tech Panel

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