Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator
Career Area: Manufacturing and Production
Occupation Group: Plant and System Operation
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A typical Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator earns the following wages (national and state):
The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $39,957
*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.
The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $43,348
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.
The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.
Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:
A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:
The following are baseline skills every Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:
- Physical Abilities: Physical Abilities, which refers to the ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. These abilities often require strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
- Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.
- Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
- Preventive Maintenance: Machine maintenance or the preventive maintenance (PM) has the following meanings: The care and servicing by personnel for the purpose of maintaining equipment in satisfactory operating condition by providing for systematic inspection, detection, and correction of incipient failures either before they occur or before they develop into major defects.
- Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.
These skills are specific to working in this career:
- Water Treatment: Water treatment is any process that makes water more acceptable for a specific end-use.
- Wastewater Treatment: Wastewater treatment is a process used to convert wastewater - which is water no longer needed or suitable for its most recent use - into an effluent that can be either returned to the water cycle with minimal environmental issues or reused.
- Repair: Restoration of a broken, damaged, or failed device, equipment, part, or property to an acceptable operating or usable condition or state.
- Chemistry: Chemistry is a branch of physical science that studies the composition, structure, properties and change of matter.
- Water Quality: Water quality refers to the chemical, physical, biological, and radiological characteristics of water.
Any Water Treatment Specialist / Waste Water Operator that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:
- Interpret Gauges: A gauge or gage, in science and engineering, is a device used to make measurements or in order to display certain information, like time.
- Wastewater Collection: Wastewater collection systems gather the used water from our homes, businesses and industries and convey it to a wastewater treatment plant.
- Industrial Wastewater Treatment Systems: Working experience of Industrial Wastewater Treatment Systems, which are used for treating wastewater that is produced by industries as an undesirable by-product. After treatment, the treated industrial wastewater (or effluent) may be reused or released to a sanitary sewer or to a surface water in the environment.
- Flow Meters: A flow meter is a device used to measure the flow rate or quantity of a gas or liquid moving through a pipe
- Water Meters: Working experience of Water Meters. Water metering is the process of measuring water use. In many developed countries water meters are used to measure the volume of water used by residential and commercial buildings that are supplied with water by a public water supply system
This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements..
This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|0 to 2 years||60%|
|3 to 5 years||32%|
|6 to 8 years||2%|
Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.
Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.
Common Job Titles
It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:
- 92W Water Treatment Specialist
- Wastewater Operator
- Water Technician
- Water Treatment Technician
- Water Treatment Plant Operator
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