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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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. State and local government59.25%
  2. Private, for profit32.41%
  3. Federal government3.43%
  4. Private, not for profit2.98%
  5. Self-employed1.93%

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

Job Outlook

Employment of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators is projected to decline 3 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 10,500 openings for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$49,090

Military salary*

$49,104

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State-by-state Salary

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$72,800
$35,150
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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%

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Knowledge

  • Chemistry
  • Mechanical
  • Education and Training
  • Mathematics
  • Biology

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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