• Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 42,390
    $30,130 range bar $61,750
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

What do they typically do

  • Operate and adjust controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, process or dispose of sewage, and generate power
  • Add chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, or lime to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids
  • Direct and coordinate plant workers engaged in routine operations and maintenance activities
  • Record operational data, personnel attendance, or meter and gauge readings on specified forms
  • Clean and maintain tanks, filter beds, and other work areas using hand tools and power tools
  • Collect and test water and sewage samples using test equipment and color analysis standards
  • Maintain, repair, and lubricate equipment using hand tools and power tools
  • Inspect equipment or monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.3%
Job Opening 289

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Process Operator (Process Op), Relief Operator, SCADA Operator (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Operator), Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator (WWTP Operator), Wastewater Operator (WW Operator), Water Control Dispatcher, Water Plant Operator, Water Treatment Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator
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