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Water quality technicians clean drinking water and process waste water.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,500 to £32,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent in English, maths and a science could help you get a job. Experience working in plant maintenance or on a building site could also help.

You must register with a water industry safety scheme. You may have to pass a medical check.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical skills to operate equipment
  • observational skills and attention to detail

3. What you'll do

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
  • monitoring water and gas levels
  • taking readings and keeping accurate records

You'll need to follow strict safety procedures.

4. Salary

Starter: £14,500 to £18,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £32,000

You could earn extra through overtime and shift allowances.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 37 hours a week. You'll work shifts including nights and weekends.

You could work in a control room or outside in a water treatment area. The job can be physically demanding and you may have to work at height or in tight spaces.

Conditions can be wet, dirty and smelly. You'll wear protective clothing.

6. Career path and progression

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

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Last updated: 13 September 2018