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Most water and wastewater technicians/operators are employed by local governments. Water treatment technicians/operators calibrate, inspect and maintain water testing equipment, monitor gauges and meters that ensure water is contaminant free, and work with chemicals, to disinfect and sterilize water.

More About the Industry

Water Treatment Operators typically work inspecting equipment and monitor gauges and meters. They may record data and utilize technology that incorporates data bases and document management software. A good understanding of math, mechanical knowledge, public safety and security as well as physics and chemistry are foundational for a career in Water Quality Management.

For more information on this career: Making a Difference: Clean Water Activism and Career Opportunities and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Colorado Certified Water Professionals (CCWP)

Earnings Outlook

Water and Wastewater Treatment Operators earn on average $44,100 per year.

Job prospects in wastewater treatment is expected to be excellent.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics