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Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Operates and monitors equipment in facilities that treat wastewater. Monitors treatment processes so that water is cleaned to meet public health and environmental standards and is safe for drinking or releasing into the environment.

Job Outlook

There were 325 Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7975 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator industry, which includes the Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $44,796.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $39,310.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $36,082.

Education and Experience

Posted Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3%
Bachelor's Degree9%
Master's Degree0%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other87%

Posted Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years60%
3 to 5 years33%
6 to 8 years2%
9+ years4%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Physical Abilities (27%)
  • Communication Skills (19%)
  • Troubleshooting (16%)
  • Preventive Maintenance (16%)
  • Computer Literacy (13%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Wastewater Treatment (40%)
  • Repair (38%)
  • Water Treatment (36%)
  • Water Quality (11%)
  • Water Distribution (9%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Machinery (14%)
  • Process Control (12%)
  • SCADA (12%)
  • Sample Collection (11%)
  • Cleaning (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Wastewater Collection (6%)
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment Systems (5%)
  • Interpret Gauges (5%)
  • Flow Meters (4%)
  • Water Meters (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Wastewater Operator
  • Water Technician
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
  • Wastewater Treatment Operator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Veolia North America (132)
  • ServiceMaster (121)
  • Thenewstribune Com (80)
  • Cintas (65)
  • The Bergaila Companies (65)

North Carolina

  • Valley Proteins Incorporated (7)
  • ServiceMaster (7)
  • HDR Incorporated (7)
  • City High Point (7)
  • City Concord (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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