Water Treatment Systems

Thinking about becoming a water or wastewater engineer? Design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water or disposal of wastewater and sewage. Build a career in water treatment systems.

work in water treatment as a wastewater engineerWhat Does a Career in Water Treatment Systems Look Like?

Study water resources. Become an expert on compliance. Get involved in field work.

Professionals working in water or wastewater engineering do some or all of the following:

  • Design and innovate hydraulic modeling and pipeline projects.
  • Conduct feasibility studies for the construction of water supply and wastewater facilities.
  • Design, evaluate and plan for alteration or construction of pumping systems, pumping stations, pipelines, force mains or sewers.  
  • Design domestic or industrial water or wastewater treatment plants, including advanced facilities with sequencing batch reactors (SBR), membranes, lift stations, headworks, surge overflow basins, ultraviolet disinfection systems, aerobic digesters, sludge lagoons or control buildings.
  • Evaluate stormwater or floodplain drainage systems designed to control erosion, stabilize river banks or repair channel streams.

What Education is Required to Build a Career in Water Treatment Systems?

Most conservation jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and many require a master’s degree or a graduate level certificate.

Many professionals find that they are only qualified to do part of the job because they don’t have the credentials required. They work for a few years, but find they cannot be promoted because the next step requires an engineering degree. The engineering degree allows them to do the design work rather than just the installation. The engineer can sign (“seal”) legal documents once they become a licensed Professional Engineer.

Find out if a master’s degree or graduate level certificate will give you the credentials required for job advancement. Our online graduate programs are designed to accommodate a working professional’s busy schedule, making it possible to work full-time and get the advanced degree or certificate you need.

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Related Water Treatment Systems Job Titles

The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates of advanced biological agricultural degree and certificate programs qualify for:

  • Director Water and Waste Services
  • Engineer and Geologist
  • Principal Consulting Engineer
  • Principal Technologist
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager/Design Manager
  • Surface Water Manager
  • Water Reuse Program Manager
  • Water Engineer
  • Wastewater Engineer

Wondering what employers hiring professionals for wastewater jobs are looking for? Explore water treatment job opportunities.

Water Treatment Systems Salary and Forecast

Those working in this field earn a national median salary of $78,320 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 9-13%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 16.2%.

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Protect water resources. Improve wastewater sustainability practices. Jumpstart your career by applying to a graduate level biological agricultural engineering certificate or program today.

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