Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners (47-4071)

Occupation description:  Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.

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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 9196 5.55 713
United States 28,50033,400 17.21,500 2,3004,290

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 20.5612.7715.54 19.1724.5630.11

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
11416 14.027.4 16.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation30
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation13
UI claimants previously working in occupation21
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 65
Number of job position postings 3
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 21.7

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

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

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Pipefitter Apprenticeship

Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Construction Trades
Construction Trades/Plumbing Systems/Electrical Systems
NCCER Core Curriculum

AVTEC   (Seward)
Plumbing and Heating Certificate

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Trenching, Excavating & Shoring Certificate

Fairbanks Area Plumber and Pipefitters   (Fairbanks)
Plumbing and Pipefitting Apprenticeship

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Plumbing I Endorsement

Plumbers & Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee   (Anchorage)
Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship

Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Trenching and Excavation Competent Person Training Certificate

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Carpentry & Plumbing Certificate

Wisdom & Associates, Inc.   (Kenai)
2009 Uniform Plumbing Code
2009 Uniform Plumbing Code, Alternative Pipe Sizing Methods
2009 Uniform Plumbing Code, Water Heaters
2012 Uniform Plumbing Code
2012 Uniform Plumbing Code, Water Heaters