“This area is going to grow. Offering this type of certificate is going to be very important to our job market.”

Mayor Ron Morrison
National City, CA

(PRWEB) February 10, 2012

A recent five-year study predicts a growth rate of 10 to 20 percent for water-related occupations, so now is the perfect time to train for a career in the industry.

San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies has jumped to the forefront by providing the groundwork for a water industry career through its new Professional Certificate in Water Management and Landscape Sustainability program that begins March 19.

“This area is going to grow. Offering this type of certificate is going to be very important to our job market,” said Mayor Ron Morrison of National City, Calif., who sits on several local water authority associations.

The certificate program’s target audience includes professionals wanting to get into a new, fast-growing career, energy managers and assistants, architects, landscape consultants, construction workers and builders, wastewater and recycling water administrators, operations workers, and maintenance workers. Also, city regulators, city planners, organic farming and agriculture employees, recycling organizations, landscapers, consultants, planners and commissioners, and anyone interested in developing best practices in water and conservation.

“San Diego is at the end of the water pipeline. Across the nation, the East Coast has had a hard time holding onto its abundant water supply. The West Coast is arid and has limited water resources,” said Wendy Evers, senior program development director for SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. “With new areas of development including desalination, water purification plants, evolving legislation and new trends, job growth is on the rise.

Mark Weston, recently-retired general manager of the Helix Water District in La Mesa, Calif., believes the certificate program will be invaluable to the water industry.

“As a founding member of the Water Conservation Garden(at nearby Cuyamaca College), we see the effort to conserve water and re-landscape Southern California as important for a sustainable water supply. The landscaping industry has a great business opportunity ahead of them. The designs of the future will use significantly less water stretching our limited water supplies and still produce beautiful and innovative landscapes,” Weston said.

Water Management and Landscape Sustainability is the fourth green-related online certificate program offered by SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. Existing online programs include Green Building Construction, Green Energy Management, and Residential and Commercial Sustainable Practices.

For more information on each of these certificate programs, visit the website.

Why take online courses? The New York Times reports that students are continuing to turn to online education because web-based courses are often less expensive than their on-campus counterparts and give students the flexibility to pursue a degree or certificate on their own time.

“The new water management and landscape sustainability certificate gives adult learners knowledge and skill preparation for a career in the water industry,” said Evers.