Conservation Matters December 2018

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

TWJ publishes paper on water workforce readiness

TWJ publishes paper on water workforce readiness

The Texas Water Journal recently published a paper titled “Water security for Texas: a post-secondary education pathway for water workforce readiness” by Rudolph A. Rosen, Luis A. Cifuentes, James Fischer, Howard Marquise and John C. Tracy. The paper examines concern within the water and wastewater industries over high rates of retirement eligibility and difficulties finding and attracting workers ready to fill job openings.

According to the abstract, concern over existing education of workers in water and demographic information projecting future workforce readiness are commonly cited in a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office as signaling a coming crisis for the water industry. An alignment of post-secondary training and industry needs is recommended to meet coming workforce employment requirements for Texas and the nation.

The journal, an online, peer-reviewed journal published by the nonprofit The Texas Water Journal and the Texas Water Resources Institute, publishes papers as they are complete. It is devoted to the timely consideration of Texas water resources management, research and policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates science, engineering, law, planning and other disciplines. It also provides updates on key state legislation and policy changes by Texas administrative agencies.

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