Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

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What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Plant Operator, Process Operator (Process Op), Relief Operator, SCADA Operator (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Operator), Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator (WWTP Operator), Wastewater Operator (WW Operator), Wastewater Plant Operator, Wastewater Treatment Operator, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Water Control Dispatcher, Water Operator, Water Plant Operator, Water System Operator, Water Treatment Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators is projected to Decline 4 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • -4.9%

    Percent Change

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  • 10,600

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (1.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (11.6%)
  • Associate's degree (12.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (30.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (39.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (3.9%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate chemical processing or water treatment systems or equipment.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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