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WATER PLANNING MANAGER: Figuring Out How To Integrate Our Essential Water Resources

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Carol is an Integrated Planning Manager for a public water agency that examines ground water, flood water, and the water shed, and then figures out ways for us not to overuse this essential natural resource. In college she thought she'd be an English and Theater major, until a professor noticed her talent for science. She got her first job by volunteering as a scientist for the USGS.

School: Centenary College ; Vanderbilt University ; Vanderbilt University - Centenary College
Job Title: Integrated Planning Manager

Job Summary: Natural Sciences Managers

Job Description

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They direct research and development projects and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

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Because natural sciences managers typically begin their careers as scientists, most have a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree in a scientific discipline or a closely related field such as engineering. Natural sciences managers interested in management that is more technical may earn a traditional master's or Ph.D. degree in a natural science or a master's degree in a science that incorporates business management skills.

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$70,000 - $170,000
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Full-time, Long hours
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m='14070'>integrate</span> <span m='15150'>the</span> <span m='16250'>water</span> <span m='16630'>management</span> <span m='17550'>of</span> <span m='17700'>the</span> <span m='18050'>region.</span> <span m='18650'>We</span> <span m='18780'>look</span> <span m='18910'>at</span> <span m='18990'>groundwater.</span> <span m='19980'>We</span> <span m='20160'>look</span> <span m='20430'>at</span> <span m='20750'>flood.</span> <span m='21300'>We</span> <span m='21450'>look</span> <span m='21610'>at</span> <span m='21680'>habitat.</span> <span m='22550'>We</span> <span m='22720'>look</span> <span m='22870'>at</span> <span m='22950'>watershed.</span> <span m='23820'>And</span> <span m='23910'>we</span> <span m='24010'>try</span> <span m='24220'>and</span> <span m='24320'>look</span> <span m='24490'>at</span> <span m='24580'>the</span> <span m='24690'>whole</span> <span m='25100'>watershed</span> <span m='25680'>system</span> <span m='26400'>so</span> <span m='26600'>that</span> <span m='26950'>we're</span> <span m='27090'>not</span> <span m='27840'>overusing</span> <span m='28830'>one</span> <span m='29050'>resources</span> <span m='29700'>over</span> <span m='30090'>another.</span> </p><p><span m='31270'>I</span> <span m='31500'>started</span> <span m='31840'>off</span> <span m='32009'>thinking</span> <span m='32320'>that</span> <span m='32439'>I</span> <span m='32520'>was</span> <span m='32700'>going</span> <span m='32890'>to</span> <span m='32950'>be</span> <span m='33280'>an</span> <span m='33390'>English</span> <span m='34030'>and</span> <span m='34200'>theater</span> <span m='34580'>major</span> <span m='35210'>and</span> <span m='35430'>found</span> <span m='35670'>that</span> <span m='35760'>I</span> <span m='35850'>really</span> <span m='36200'>liked</span> <span m='36530'>science.</span> <span m='37940'>And I</span> <span m='38020'>had</span> <span m='38180'>a</span> <span m='38230'>professor</span> <span m='38720'>that</span> <span m='38960'>said,</span> <span m='39170'>wow,</span> <span m='39300'>you're</span> <span m='39480'>good</span> <span m='39670'>at</span> <span m='39800'>this.</span> <span m='40360'>So</span> <span m='40600'>pay</span> <span m='40830'>attention</span> <span m='41180'>to</span> <span m='41270'>the</span> <span m='41360'>people</span> <span m='41690'>who</span> <span m='42150'>are</span> <span m='42560'>paying</span> <span m='42790'>attention</span> <span m='43140'>to</span> <span m='43220'>you</span> <span m='43580'>and</span> <span m='43700'>say</span> <span m='43950'>that</span> <span m='44090'>you're</span> <span m='44210'>good at</span> <span m='44440'>something</span> <span m='44830'>because</span> <span m='45200'>then</span> <span m='45320'>you</span> <span m='45620'>move</span> <span m='45940'>up</span> <span m='46120'>that</span> <span m='46300'>way.</span> </p><p><span m='47480'>I</span> <span m='47630'>started</span> <span m='47960'>off</span> <span m='48140'>at</span> <span m='48240'>the</span> <span m='48320'>USGS</span> <span m='49150'>Water</span> <span m='49400'>Resources</span> <span m='49980'>Division</span> <span m='50880'>as</span> <span m='51190'>a</span> <span m='51260'>geologist,</span> <span m='52620'>studying</span> <span m='53080'>water</span> <span m='53480'>and</span> <span m='53650'>particularly</span> <span m='54060'>groundwater</span> <span m='54650'>and</span> <span m='54750'>contamination.</span> <span m='55940'>And</span> <span m='56150'>then</span> <span m='56290'>from</span> <span m='56440'>there,</span> <span m='56710'>went</span> <span m='56930'>to</span> <span m='57070'>an</span> <span m='57160'>environmental</span> <span m='57950'>firm</span> <span m='58210'>where</span> <span m='58470'>I</span> <span m='58520'>helped</span> <span m='58820'>do</span> <span m='59030'>cleanups.</span> <span m='60010'>And</span> <span m='60230'>from</span> <span m='60390'>there</span> <span m='60660'>said,</span> <span m='60900'>wow,</span> <span m='61410'>I</span> <span m='61570'>like</span> <span m='61840'>water.</span> <span m='62190'>I</span> <span m='62220'>like</span> <span m='62450'>planning.</span> </p><p><span m='63740'>So</span> <span m='63860'>I</span> <span m='63960'>moved</span> <span m='64250'>to</span> <span m='64650'>a</span> <span m='64739'>water</span> <span m='65160'>agency</span> <span m='65800'>where</span> <span m='66070'>I</span> <span m='66130'>helped</span> <span m='66500'>out,</span> <span m='67500'>looked</span> <span m='67740'>for</span> <span m='67870'>new</span> <span m='68540'>water</span> <span m='69330'>systems</span> <span m='70150'>and</span> <span m='70300'>ways</span> <span m='70740'>to</span> <span m='71310'>clean</span> <span m='71580'>groundwater</span> <span m='72110'>and</span> <span m='72210'>keep</span> <span m='72400'>it</span> <span m='72530'>safe.</span> <span m='73070'>And</span> <span m='73500'>then</span> <span m='73660'>from</span> <span m='73840'>there,</span> <span m='74200'>slipped</span> <span m='74570'>into</span> <span m='74790'>planning</span> <span m='75210'>for</span> <span m='75540'>flood</span> <span m='75980'>because</span> <span m='76240'>surface</span> <span m='76640'>water and</span> <span m='76980'>groundwater</span> <span m='77295'>are</span> <span m='77610'>connected.</span> <span m='78600'>And</span> <span m='79210'>that's</span> <span m='79450'>how</span> <span m='79590'>I</span> <span m='79690'>ended</span> <span m='79980'>up</span> <span m='80110'>doing</span> <span m='80340'>planning</span> <span m='80760'>for</span> <span m='80860'>both</span> <span m='81120'>water</span> <span m='81720'>and</span> <span m='82060'>flood.</span> </p><p><span m='83540'>If</span> <span m='83760'>you're</span> <span m='83910'>interested</span> <span m='84300'>in</span> <span m='84360'>a</span> <span m='84460'>field</span> <span m='84790'>like</span> <span m='84960'>this</span> <span m='85170'>or</span> <span m='85240'>if</span> <span m='85340'>you</span> <span m='85450'>just</span> <span m='85720'>don't</span> <span m='85920'>know</span> <span m='86070'>what</span> <span m='86200'>you</span> <span m='86310'>want</span> <span m='86460'>to</span> <span m='86530'>do,</span> <span m='87140'>my</span> <span m='87510'>best</span> <span m='87820'>advice</span> <span m='88350'>is</span> <span m='88780'>to</span> <span m='89520'>look</span> <span m='89730'>at</span> <span m='89800'>the</span> <span m='89890'>things</span> <span m='90120'>you're</span> <span m='90290'>interested</span> <span m='90890'>in</span> <span m='91600'>and</span> <span m='92020'>listen</span> <span m='92320'>to</span> <span m='92420'>the</span> <span m='92570'>smart</span> <span m='92920'>people</span> <span m='93210'>around</span> <span m='93580'>you</span> <span m='93710'>who</span> <span m='93810'>are</span> <span m='93920'>telling</span> <span m='94180'>you,</span> <span m='94270'>hey,</span> <span m='94430'>you're</span> <span m='94590'>good</span> <span m='94800'>at</span> <span m='94910'>that</span> <span m='95780'>because</span> <span m='96030'>that</span> <span m='96200'>gives</span> <span m='96360'>you</span> <span m='96580'>the best</span> <span m='96840'>leg</span> <span m='97070'>up.</span> <span m='97300'>Also</span> <span m='97650'>find</span> <span m='98100'>out</span> <span m='99000'>people</span> <span m='99590'>who</span> <span m='100030'>have</span> <span m='100320'>connections</span> <span m='100960'>to</span> <span m='101070'>different</span> <span m='101790'>industries</span> <span m='102480'>and</span> <span m='102620'>say,</span> <span m='102740'>gosh,</span> <span m='103410'>do you</span> <span m='103490'>have</span> <span m='103650'>an</span> <span m='103730'>internship,</span> <span m='104460'>because</span> <span m='104710'>that's</span> <span m='104970'>how</span> <span m='105180'>I</span> <span m='105260'>started</span> <span m='105700'>off.</span> <span m='106000'>I</span> <span m='106100'>was</span> <span m='106200'>a</span> <span m='106300'>volunteer</span> <span m='106680'>for</span> <span m='106850'>science</span> <span m='107420'>for</span> <span m='107500'>the</span> <span m='107600'>USGS.</span> <span m='108280'>And</span> <span m='108350'>that's</span> <span m='108530'>how</span> <span m='108720'>I</span> <span m='108810'>got</span> <span m='109000'>my</span> <span m='109120'>first</span> <span m='109430'>job.</span> </p>","file":{"id":304868,"video_id":"2791285161001","name":"1411-Carol-IntPlanningMgr1-FloodProt","duration":110853,"thumbnail_url":null}});