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5/11/2016 Member News
Public Utilities Career Exploration Event May 17 at SPC

CONTACT: Sandy DeCarlo, career outreach specialist, St. Petersburg College, 727-364-6130 or  



ST. PETERSBURG, FL (May 11, 2016) - As part of its Career Exploration Series, St. Petersburg College is hosting a career exploration event for those interested in the public utilities fields on Tuesday, May 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Conference Center, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole, FL.

The event will feature several information sessions about career planning, water treatment and distribution, and other relative topics to the industry as well as a networking opportunities with local municipalities, educators and members of public works related professional organizations.
Attendees will learn about current and future career opportunities and training requirements, salary expectations salaries and scholarship opportunities.

Participants include the Public Works Academy at Pinellas Technical Education College, St. Petersburg College, American Water Works Association, Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association, American Public Works Association, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), and the cities of Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Oldsmar, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, and Pinellas County.

Demand is steadily increasing for skilled public works/utilities positions. This is due, in part, to more stringent regulations and more limited natural resources as well as a steady stream of retiring professionals leaving the industry that is creating an increasing need for this type of professional.

The public utilities profession has a wide range of needs and career opportunities. Depending on individual interests and skills, there is a need for professionals in the areas of:


  • utilities administration (leadership, compliance, public relations, data management, project management, reporting, accounting/finance, etc.)
  • water and wastewater treatment
  • collection and distribution systems (such as pipelines and pumping stations)
  • water quality maintenance and analysis (including laboratory positions)
  • electrical/mechanical maintenance and repair
  • computer/control systems programming, maintenance and repair, information technology
  • professional consulting (engineering, hydrogeology, economics, environmental science, etc.)

For more information, contact Sandy DeCarlo, career outreach specialist, St. Petersburg College, 727-364-6130 or