Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators (51-8031)

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

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 659682 3.52 1719
United States 117,000124,000 6.0700 2,9703,670

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.0413.2516.96 22.0028.0935.15
Alaska 29.6018.2822.58 30.2136.4540.11
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 34.0118.7828.53 35.5141.3046.83
Fairbanks North Star Borough 34.3329.3832.51 34.9837.4539.00
Southeast Region 27.7116.8120.38 26.9034.2641.23
Balance of State 27.6818.0221.44 26.3834.3338.79

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
77373 9.448.1 37.2
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation237
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation118
UI claimants previously working in occupation106
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 247
Number of job position postings 57
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.3

Alaska Licensing Information


Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Job Corps   (Palmer)
Wastewater Treatment

 Degree
NTL Alaska, Inc.   (Fairbanks)
Alaskan Water Treatment Systems - Intermediate
Introduction to Alaska Small Wastewater Systems
Introduction to Alaska Small Water Systems