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What is the field of water technology?

Water treatment companies take care of boilers and cooling towers in their local communities and beyond. By analyzing the water that is present in these systems, water technologists treat the water to prevent corrosion, scale, and microbial contamination. Also, in some cases, they will treat water waste to ensure that it is safe for the public. Learn more about the history of water treatment:

How can I apply science in this field?

Water technology is a practical application of chemistry and biology. The water that enters a boiler or cooling tower is rarely just water. It can contain various minerals and substances that can make a system run inefficiently and lose energy. It can also contain disease causing pathogens. Water treaters test for the presence of each of these materials and then apply chemistry to add or remove certain elements to make the system run smoothly and be safe for the public.

What are the educational requirements?

Service Technician
Requires minimum of a high school diploma, plus an interest in science and willingness to learn on the job.

Account Manager
A bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology is preferred.

Management
Bachelor's degrees from multiple areas of study can become involved in this side of the business.

Learn more about different career opportunities.

Is this a “green” career?

Yes! Water technology is all about creating efficient energy while keeping water safe. This means that you would help end-users reduce their energy consumption as well as their total electric bill.