Water Treatment Plant Operators make water safe to drink by removing contaminants and pollutants from raw water through the use
of chemicals and filters. Water Treatment Operators are required to obtain state certification. To reach the highest level of certification typically requires four years of work experience as well as passing four separate water treatment certification exams.
Those desiring a career in water treatment must be willing to work at night and on holidays and weekends. A solid background in math, chemistry and biology will prepare you for work as a water treatment operator.
As the population grows and the demand for clean water increases, job growth in this field is expected to far out pace that of any other occupation. The national average salary in 2009 was $41,208. Expect to see sharp increases as the number of job openings exceed the number of qualified employees.
Water Treatment Operator Certification Study Guide
Water Treatment Operator Certification Information By State
Alabama - Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Alaska – Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation – Water and Wastewater Operator Certification
Arizona – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Arkansas – Arkansas Department of Health
California – California Environmental Protection Agency
Colorado – Colorado Department of Health and Environment
Connecticut – Connecticut Department of Public Health
Delaware - Delaware Health and Social Services
Florida – Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Georgia – Georgia Board of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
Hawaii - Hawaii
Idaho - Idaho
Illinois - Illinois
Indiana - Indiana
Iowa - Iowa
Kansas - Kansas
Kentucky - Kentucky
Louisiana - Louisiana