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Working as a Waste Water Operator

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a waste water operator. For example, did you know that they make an average of $16.75 an hour? That's $34,830 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -5% and produce -6,100 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Waste Water Operator Do

There are certain skills that many waste water operators have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed analytical skills, math skills and mechanical skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a waste water operator, we found that a lot of resumes listed 12.1% of waste water operators included facility, while 9.6% of resumes included water quality, and 7.5% of resumes included water treatment plant. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the waste water operator job title. But what industry to start with? Most waste water operators actually find jobs in the professional and agriculture industries.

How To Become a Waste Water Operator

If you're interested in becoming a waste water operator, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 15.8% of waste water operators have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 2.8% of waste water operators have master's degrees. Even though some waste water operators have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a waste water operator. When we researched the most common majors for a waste water operator, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on waste water operator resumes include bachelor's degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a waste water operator. In fact, many waste water operator jobs require experience in a role such as operator. Meanwhile, many waste water operators also have previous career experience in roles such as maintenance technician or machine operator.

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Job Growth Rate-5%

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Average Salary for a Waste Water Operator

Waste Water Operators in America make an average salary of $34,830 per year or $17 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $48,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $24,000 per year.
Average Salary
$34,830

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Waste Water Operator
Waste Water Operator
Aerotek
Aerotek
10/29/2020
10/29/2020
$35,47910/29/2020
$35,479
Waste Water Operator
Waste Water Operator
Aerotek
Aerotek
09/25/2020
09/25/2020
$35,47909/25/2020
$35,479
Water Waste Water Operator
Water Waste Water Operator
Town of Manchester
Town of Manchester
08/29/2020
08/29/2020
$35,00008/29/2020
$35,000
Waste Water Operator
Waste Water Operator
Kelly Services
Kelly Services
08/20/2020
08/20/2020
$35,47908/20/2020
$35,479
Waste Water Operator
Waste Water Operator
Atwork
Atwork
06/19/2020
06/19/2020
$31,30506/19/2020
$31,305

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Waste Water Operator Demographics

Gender

male

86.3%

female

7.7%

unknown

6.1%

Ethnicity

White

72.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Black or African American

9.7%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.7%

Korean

9.1%

Japanese

9.1%
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Waste Water Operator Education

Degrees

High School Diploma

41.8%

Associate

16.8%

Bachelors

15.8%

Top Colleges for Waste Water Operators

1. Duke University

Durham, NC

Tuition and fees
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

2. Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Tuition and fees
$56,092
Enrollment
3,583

3. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

Tuition and fees
$53,880
Enrollment
6,590

4. North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

Tuition and fees
$9,101
Enrollment
23,708

5. Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Tuition and fees
$51,711
Enrollment
5,504

6. Vermont Technical College

Randolph, VT

Tuition and fees
$15,108
Enrollment
1,350

7. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Tuition and fees
$46,950
Enrollment
9,407
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Top Skills For a Waste Water Operator

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 12.1% of waste water operators listed facility on their resume, but soft skills such as analytical skills and math skills are important as well.

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Top Waste Water Operator Employers

1. Cintas
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$37,962
Waste Water Operators Hired: 
14+
2. Waters
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$49,665
Waste Water Operators Hired: 
7+
3. Tyson Foods
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$37,078
Waste Water Operators Hired: 
6+
4. American Water Works
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$48,212
Waste Water Operators Hired: 
5+
5. Waste Management
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$42,398
Waste Water Operators Hired: 
5+
6. Valley Proteins
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$42,482
Waste Water Operators Hired: 
4+

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Updated October 2, 2020