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273 Associates's Degrees Annually
3 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#95 in Popularity (Associate's)
$49,490 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Water Treatment Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,219
Associate’s Degree 273
Undergraduate Certificate 99
Bachelor’s Degree 3

What Water Treatment Management Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling tech and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Tech Majors

A major in water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities for Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Tech Majors

As you progress with your water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling tech degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Water Treatment Management?

273 Associate's Degrees Annually
20% Percent Women
42% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 80% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 11
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 81
White 150
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 22

How Much Do Water Treatment Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Tech majors often go into careers with median salaries of $49,490. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling tech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 42.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 24.7%
Some College Courses 20.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 12.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.5%

Online Water Treatment Management Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 86 schools offered some type of water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling technology/technician program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 55 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 34 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 45 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 55 2
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Water Treatment Management Worth It?

The median salary for a water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling tech grad is $49,490 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 24% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $191,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling tech.

Major Number of Grads
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 6,462
Energy Management & Systems Technology/Technician 912
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 392
Hazardous Materials Management & Waste Technology/Technician 180
Solar Energy Technology/Technician 178
Other Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians 105

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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