Water/Wastewater Engineers

Waste Water Engineer Records Notes at Treatment Plant

Water/wastewater engineers design and monitor projects that involve potable water provision, wastewater and sewage disposal, and flood damage prevention. They design pumping stations and systems and other aspects of wastewater collection. They also prepare documentation for water resources and environmental regulatory compliance. Engineers also direct and supervise project members including junior engineers, technicians, and other staff. There are 52,640 environmental engineers, the profession group that includes water/wastewater engineers, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Surface Water Managers, Water Reuse Program Managers
Duties Design and oversee projects related to water supply systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems for domestic and industrial use; prepare environmental documentation; conduct studies of water quality
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Four years experience; internship or cooperative program while in school
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Water/Wastewater Engineer
  • Water/Wastewater Engineer
  • Engineer in Training, Water/Wastewater Engineer
  • Engineer Intern, Water/Wastewater Engineer