As part of a campaign to boost recruitment and stem an expected 30% retirement rate, the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association announced on June 7 the launch of a new joint website, www.WorkForWater.org, which focuses on careers in water-related industry sectors. The site has landing pages for high school, vocational and college students, second-career and retired-military job seekers, and advanced science professionals, the groups say. The site is a gateway to many existing recruiting and retention resources but seeks new contributions as well.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.