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Water treatment worker

Water quality technicians treat and clean drinking water and process waste water.

Annual Salary

£14,500 to £32,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

42 to 44 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

9%
Future employment

There will be 9% fewer Water treatment worker jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • operating equipment to treat sewage
  • cleaning and maintaining tanks and filters
  • adding chemicals and microbes to treat water
  • taking readings and keeping accurate records
  • checking drinking water samples for quality

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a control room.

Your working environment may be dirty, physically demanding, cramped, at height and outdoors in all weathers.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include the Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Water Engineering.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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Apprenticeship

You may be able to do a water process technician advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Direct application

You could apply directly to work as a water treatment worker. Some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and a science.

Experience of working in industrial plant maintenance may give you an advantage.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Further information

You'll find more advice about careers and training in the water industry through Talent Source Network.

With experience, you could become a team leader. With further training, you could become an engineering technician or a water engineer.

You'll find more advice about careers and training in the water industry through Talent Source Network.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of physics
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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