Certified operators are critical in providing an adequate and safe supply of water to the public.

Operators are responsible for a variety of tasks centered around operating and maintaining a system or plant. They typically work in water treatment, distribution, water collection or wastewater.

The certified operator has a promising and stable field. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated in 2016 there were 119,200 water and wastewater treatment plant operators in the United States. In general, jobs within the water industry remain relatively less affected by changes in the economy than other industries. 

Careers for certified operators involve using a wide variety of scientific and technical skills. 

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