Water treatment plant operators are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, water treatment plant operators rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 24% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy water treatment plant operators are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Industrial engineering technician
2.9
$60k
Agricultural and food science technician
2.9
$41k
Ironworker
2.9
$59k
Quarry rock splitter
2.9
$38k
Maintenance worker
2.9
$43k
Water treatment plant operator
2.9
$48k
Agricultural inspector
2.9
$45k
Cement mason
2.9
$47k
Surveyor
2.8
$62k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are water treatment plant operators happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do water treatment plant operators find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as water treatment plant operators?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are water treatment plant operator’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are water treatment plant operators making the best use of their abilities?

Are water treatment plant operators happy with their salary?

Water treatment plant operators rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.5/5. The majority of water treatment plant operators are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked water treatment plant operators how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

92 water treatment plant operators

5 Star
18%

18% of water treatment plant operators rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of water treatment plant operators rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
34%

34% of water treatment plant operators rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of water treatment plant operators rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of water treatment plant operators rated their compensation 1 stars

Do water treatment plant operators find their jobs meaningful?

On average, water treatment plant operators rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.8/5. While most water treatment plant operators aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked water treatment plant operators how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

93 water treatment plant operators

5 Star
16%

16% of water treatment plant operators rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of water treatment plant operators rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of water treatment plant operators rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of water treatment plant operators rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
26%

26% of water treatment plant operators rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as water treatment plant operators?

Water treatment plant operators rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.6/5. The majority of water treatment plant operators don’t see personality fit as a hinderence in their career.

We asked water treatment plant operators how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

96 water treatment plant operators

5 Star
23%

23% of water treatment plant operators rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of water treatment plant operators rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
38%

38% of water treatment plant operators rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of water treatment plant operators rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of water treatment plant operators rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a water treatment plant operator’s work environment?

As a whole, water treatment plant operators rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of water treatment plant operators enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a water treatment plant operator.

We asked water treatment plant operators how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

94 water treatment plant operators

5 Star
19%

19% of water treatment plant operators rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of water treatment plant operators rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of water treatment plant operators rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of water treatment plant operators rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of water treatment plant operators rated their work environment 1 stars

Are water treatment plant operators making the best use of their abilities?

Former water treatment plant operators on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.7/5. Water treatment plant operators tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked water treatment plant operators how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

95 water treatment plant operators

5 Star
12%

12% of water treatment plant operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of water treatment plant operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of water treatment plant operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of water treatment plant operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
23%

23% of water treatment plant operators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars