Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.
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Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a higher chance of automation: 58% chance of automation.
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The number of 'Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators' job openings is expected to decline by 6.9% by 2031
Total employment, and estimated job openings
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.
In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators' was $51,600, or $24.81 per hour
'Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators' were paid 11.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310
Wages over time
As of 2022 there were 119,350 people employed as Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators within the United States.
This represents around 0.08% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators.
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: 51-8031.00
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The risk involved with automating these specific jobs is too high, and the cost too great to cover all cases and mitigate all the risks, meaning these jobs should be safe for the future. Paradoxically, despite their absurd importance, funding seems to always get leaner every year.
Although many facets could be automated, integrating these automated systems into the majority of dilapidated infrastructure would be too cumbersome to be a real issue.
I can see complications resulting from system upgrades or increasing efficiency by reducing workers and having people take on more responsibilities with more complex systems, but it will likely never be 100% automated because of our bias..
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