Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

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Will "Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's quite likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. However, workers can take comfort in the results from our poll, which shows a 34% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Robots are watching

or 61% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $22.00 hourly

People Employed


as of 2016

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Least likely

How this compares with other jobs: 343 out of 706

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Job 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.

SOC Code: 51-8031

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Doug Flores (Small chance) says
This job takes into account all aspects of being human. You have to listen to the equipment, see changes in the processes, take into account the smell of the wastewater and be able to make changes to the equipment to maintain safe effluent. The operator has to take samples and perform the appropriate tests to ensure quality discharge of the plant.
Jul 30, 2019 at 02:51 PM
Sarah (Small chance) says
I think wastewater treatment could be done partially be done by robots. I wish we have apps to check if the water is safe.
Jul 02, 2019 at 08:54 PM

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