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Who's Managing the Lab Manager?

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Having worked as a Laboratory Manager for about 15 of my 20 years in the Environmental or Utility Lab Profession, I have always sensed that there ought to be more training and resources available to analysts and managers in the field. Frankly, I suspected that most lab managers, including myself, had learned the unique aspects of environmental lab management on-the-job. In recent years, we have developed a growing network of resources, particularly through professional associations like the Water Environment Association (WEF) and it's state Member Associations (MA), but it is hardly enough. We need to expand the networks and services. As an advocate of the environmental lab profession, I believe we should make the road easier for today's young laboratory professionals to lead the laboratories of the future. Perhaps by delving into how the early generations of lab managers coped with the challenges, we can identify and provide training and resources for future leaders? Additionally, we need to promote our profession so that laboratory employees are respected for the essential and challenging contribution they make to protecting human health and preserving and enhancing our water environment.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864700784546549

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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