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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 494518 4.914 2743
United States 119,200115,400 -3.23,300 6,2009,120

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.2213.4217.10 22.1928.3335.30
Alaska 30.7618.6723.91 31.2137.5742.64
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.7218.4625.55 35.4741.0347.47
Fairbanks North Star Borough 37.1431.8433.98 37.2740.3044.86
Southeast Region 28.3317.5921.01 27.4534.6041.84
Balance of State 29.2518.6623.13 29.0035.7239.75

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
72952 7.146.7 36.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation210
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation133
UI claimants previously working in occupation94
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 260
Number of job position postings 41
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 6.3

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)
Alaska Water Treatment Systems - Intermediate
Introduction to Alaska Small Wastewater Systems
Introduction to Alaska Small Water Systems
Water Distribution Systems 1&2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Rural Waste Management Spill Response OEC

 Degree
Zender Environmental Health & Research Group   (Anchorage)
Qualified Sampler Training (Water Quality and Soil Sampling)