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WATER PLANNING MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: Collaboration Is The Best Way To Solve Problems

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Carol, an Integrated Planning Manager for a public water agency, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, and the important steps she took to get here in her career. She started out in Geology and eventually discovered her passion for dealing with water, specifically.

School: Centenary College ; Vanderbilt University ; Centenary College - Vanderbilt University
Degree: Geology
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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Average salary
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$70,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
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Leadership ability, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Organizational skills, Technical skills

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m='9240'>these</span> <span m='9440'>broader</span> <span m='9930'>ideas</span> <span m='10410'>and</span> <span m='10450'>this</span> <span m='10680'>big</span> <span m='10870'>picture</span> <span m='11450'>and</span> <span m='11520'>how</span> <span m='11710'>to</span> <span m='11780'>put</span> <span m='11960'>all</span> <span m='12080'>the</span> <span m='12160'>pieces</span> <span m='12590'>of</span> <span m='12640'>the</span> <span m='12740'>puzzle</span> <span m='13170'>together.</span> <span m='13690'>And</span> <span m='13770'>it's</span> <span m='13900'>a</span> <span m='13990'>challenge.</span> <span m='14680'>And</span> <span m='14810'>so</span> <span m='15260'>it's</span> <span m='15460'>also</span> <span m='16000'>part</span> <span m='16219'>of</span> <span m='16340'>the</span> <span m='16410'>biggest</span> <span m='16720'>challenge</span> <span m='17180'>that</span> <span m='17320'>I</span> <span m='17390'>have,</span> <span m='18070'>is</span> <span m='18330'>that</span> <span m='18660'>there's</span> <span m='18810'>a</span> <span m='18870'>lot</span> <span m='19240'>of</span> <span m='19350'>complex</span> <span m='19910'>problems</span> <span m='20440'>that</span> <span m='20540'>we</span> <span m='20640'>have</span> <span m='20840'>to</span> <span m='20940'>solve.</span> <span m='21420'>And</span> <span m='21810'>by</span> <span m='22170'>integrating</span> <span m='23020'>and</span> <span m='23220'>working</span> <span m='23660'>and</span> <span m='23770'>collaborating</span> <span m='24440'>with</span> <span m='24600'>other</span> <span m='24770'>people,</span> <span m='25070'>it's</span> <span m='25200'>the</span> <span m='25270'>best</span> <span m='25680'>way</span> <span m='25820'>to</span> <span m='25890'>solve</span> <span m='26160'>those</span> <span m='26330'>problems.</span> </p><p><span m='27710'>So</span> <span m='27930'>the</span> <span m='28450'>steps</span> <span m='28940'>that</span> <span m='29040'>kind</span> <span m='29210'>of</span> <span m='29360'>led</span> <span m='29650'>me</span> <span m='29830'>to</span> <span m='29950'>where</span> <span m='30170'>I</span> <span m='30230'>am</span> <span m='30450'>today</span> <span m='31390'>was</span> <span m='31900'>that</span> <span m='32280'>I had</span> <span m='32570'>started</span> <span m='32980'>off</span> <span m='33160'>in</span> <span m='33330'>geology</span> <span m='33890'>proper.</span> <span m='34440'>But</span> <span m='34740'>I</span> <span m='35050'>went</span> <span m='35290'>to</span> <span m='35370'>work</span> <span m='35600'>for</span> <span m='35700'>the</span> <span m='35800'>USGS</span> <span m='36760'>doing</span> <span m='37080'>geophysical</span> <span m='37800'>work,</span> <span m='38160'>which</span> <span m='38370'>led</span> <span m='38570'>into</span> <span m='38760'>looking</span> <span m='39090'>for</span> <span m='39270'>groundwater</span> <span m='39840'>systems</span> <span m='40330'>and</span> <span m='40400'>looking</span> <span m='40760'>for</span> <span m='41170'>water</span> <span m='41670'>for</span> <span m='41840'>small</span> <span m='42190'>communities.</span> <span m='43250'>And</span> <span m='43400'>by</span> <span m='43550'>doing</span> <span m='43870'>that,</span> <span m='44110'>I found</span> <span m='44490'>that</span> <span m='44590'>I</span> <span m='44660'>really</span> <span m='45070'>had</span> <span m='45310'>passion</span> <span m='45870'>for</span> <span m='45990'>working</span> <span m='46360'>with</span> <span m='46510'>water.</span> <span m='47310'>And</span> <span m='47480'>that</span> <span m='47620'>was</span> <span m='47780'>the</span> <span m='47850'>best</span> <span m='48160'>way</span> <span m='48310'>for</span> <span m='48450'>me</span> <span m='48600'>to</span> <span m='48680'>take</span> <span m='48860'>a</span> <span m='48910'>step</span> <span m='49150'>forward.</span> </p><p><span m='49540'>Then</span> <span 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m='60310'>is</span> <span m='60400'>a</span> <span m='60440'>bit</span> <span m='60600'>crazy</span> <span m='60930'>at the moment</span> <span m='61220'>because I</span> <span m='61420'>have</span> <span m='61590'>small</span> <span m='61810'>children.</span> <span m='63140'>But,</span> <span m='63730'>for</span> <span m='64050'>overall,</span> <span m='64769'>working</span> <span m='65129'>for</span> <span m='65459'>a</span> <span m='65510'>public</span> <span m='65860'>agency</span> <span m='66760'>is</span> <span m='66930'>very</span> <span m='67220'>nice</span> <span m='67720'>because</span> <span m='68430'>I</span> <span m='68640'>have</span> <span m='68860'>flex</span> <span m='69220'>hours.</span> <span m='69690'>And</span> <span m='69960'>so</span> <span m='70640'>if</span> <span m='70860'>I</span> <span m='70990'>need</span> <span m='71170'>to</span> <span m='71250'>leave</span> <span m='71490'>earlier</span> <span m='71910'>or</span> <span m='72330'>come</span> <span 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