Careers & Jobs

Water Treatment Specialist (92W)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level


Water treatment specialists are primarily responsible for supervising or performing the installation and operation of water purification equipment, as well as dealing with water storage and distribution operations and activities. They also inspect facilities and food supplies for the presence of disease, germs or other conditions hazardous to health and the environment.

Job Duties

  • Perform water quality analysis testing and verification
  • Assist in water reconnaissance and site preparation
  • Operate and maintain water treatment equipment
  • Assist in setup of water treatment activity


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for a water treatment specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 14 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, including practice in testing different products.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Identification of health hazards
  • Inspection of food products, food service operations, wastewater and waste disposal facilities

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in algebra, biology, chemistry and general science
  • High attention to detail
  • Interest in protecting the environment

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Maintenance (GM) : 88

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with local, state or federal government agencies. You’ll be able to consider a future as a food and drug inspector, public health inspector, health and safety inspectors or industrial hygienists.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Time Customer Service, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.


SSG Johnson: Water Treatment Specialist is a 92 Whiskey in the United States Army. Our job is to provide clean, drinkable, bathable water.

SGT Paul Kindzierski: There’s minimal standards that you have to meet but it’s nice when you’re able to meet those standards and exceed those standards.

PVT. Richard Garza: People are going to be consuming your product and if you have a bad product you’re going to affect the lives of men, women and children.

SFC Michael Myer: The thing I like most about this job is being able to go to somewhere, whether it’s in the United States or in another country, and helping people with the basic needs in order to survive.

SSG Joseph Johnson: Some of the new equipment allows us to purify water in almost any type of location. No matter what type of water you do come across.

SPC Kristopher Martin: You can take some pretty gross looking water and make it really good tasting and clean water.

PVT Richard Garza: Our job is just as vital as anybody else because we provide a support mission for our U.S. Soldiers whether it’s on the continental United States or if we’re overseas for instance like Afghanistan or Iraq. We’ve got to make sure we sustain our troops with high quality water.