Water Quality Technician

Starting Wage (hourly): 
$19 - $24 per hour
Starting Wage (yearly): 
Job Area(s): 

Water quality technicians test for microbes and chemical contaminants in recreational, potable, and waste water to determine if the water meets EPA standards. 

They follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). They are responsible for calibrating and maintaing the equipment they use.  They compile and analyze data, document test results and prepare reports.  

People in these positions need to be detail oriented, willing to keep excellent records, and have good communication skills. Those with good laboratory skills and manufacturing or laboratory experience are more likely to get the best jobs and the best salary.  Water quality technicians work a standard 40-hour week. Salaries for these positions can increase up to $60,000 and vary in different parts of the country.

Education & Training: 

Most employers prefer applicants to have a four-year degree and one to two years of experience but this is changing, if the two-year educational program targets the necessary knowledge, and laboratory skills for these positions.