Also known as Drain Cleaner, Drain Technician, Public Works Technician, Septic Cleaner, Septic Pump Truck Driver, Septic Tank Service Technician, Service Technician, Sewer Bricklayer
Also known as Drain Cleaner, Drain Technician, Public Works Technician
Drain Technicians clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains.
In addition, Drain Technicians may patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.
Drain Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Drain Technicians. More generally, Drain Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Drain Technician is $41,120, and the average salary is $43,930. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Drain Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Drain Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Drain Technicians earn less than $27,530 per year, 25% earn less than $33,520, 75% earn less than $51,850, and 90% earn less than $63,620.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Drain Technicians is expected to change by 14.5%, and there should be roughly 4,200 open positions for Drain Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Drain Technician are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Drain Technicians typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Drain Technician tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.
Most importantly, Drain Technicians moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Drain Technicians moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Drain Technicians moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Drain Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Drain Technicians, ranked by importance:
Working as a Drain Technician may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Drain Technicians need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Drain Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, transportation, or mechanical knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Drain Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Drain Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Drain Technicians need abilities such as manual dexterity, control precision, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Drain Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Drain Technicians frequently use skills like operation and control, operations monitoring, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Drain Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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