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Water / Wastewater Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Specializes in the treatment and management of contaminated water. Designs sewage systems and water treatment plants.

Job Outlook

There were 177 Water / Wastewater Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3972 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Water / Wastewater Engineer industry, which includes the Water / Wastewater Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:

Salary

Many new Water / Wastewater Engineer 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 $81,176.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,514.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Water / Wastewater Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $69,899.

Education and Experience

Posted Water / Wastewater Engineer 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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree59%
Master's Degree40%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Water / Wastewater Engineer 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 years16%
3 to 5 years34%
6 to 8 years19%
9+ years32%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Water / Wastewater Engineer 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.

  • Communication Skills (43%)
  • Planning (41%)
  • Microsoft Office (18%)
  • Writing (18%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (18%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Project Management (51%)
  • Civil Engineering (42%)
  • Budgeting (40%)
  • Professional Engineer (32%)
  • Wastewater Treatment (27%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Cost Estimation (19%)
  • Hydraulics (18%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (18%)
  • Civil 3D (16%)
  • Calculation (16%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Wastewater Collection (6%)
  • Stream Restoration (5%)
  • Drainage Design (4%)
  • Watershed Management (4%)
  • Sedimentation Control (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Water / Wastewater Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Water Resources Engineer
  • Water/Wastewater Project Manager
  • Project Manager - Water/Wastewater
  • Senior Water Resources Engineer
  • Wastewater Engineer, Pe

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 / Wastewater Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • CDM Smith (160)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Incorporated (103)
  • HDR Incorporated (102)
  • AECOM Technology Corporation (94)
  • Stantec, Inc. (73)

North Carolina

  • HDR Incorporated (10)
  • CDM Smith (9)
  • Ghd Incorporated (7)
  • AECOM Technology Corporation (6)
  • Veolia North America (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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