Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

General Information

Description

Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Water, Sewage and Other Systems
  • Waste Treatment and Disposal

Job Outlook

Employment of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators is projected to decline 3 percent from 2016 to 2026 As water and wastewater treatment plants become more advanced with automated systems to manage treatment processes, fewer workers may be needed. Although some work can be automated, plants will still need skilled workers to operate increasingly complex controls and water and wastewater systems.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$46,390

Military salary*

$45,344

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State-by-state Salary

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$68,800
$24,470
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 41%
  • Post-secondary certificate 24%
  • Some college 20%
  • Associate's degree 12%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Education and Training
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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