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Municipal Wastewater Treatment Operator

Career Overview

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

Career Outlook

Projections 2022-2030

New job opportunities are less likely in the future. With a
-3% Percent change.

2020 Employment


2030 Employment


What training is needed?

People starting in this career usually have:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • No work experience
  • More than 1 year on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you for this career are:
  • Water Quality
  • Wastewater Treatment Management
  • Recycling Technology/Technician

What does a typical day look like?

  • 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.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2055370
Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.