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Water Treatment Specialist (92W): Army Careers

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.

SGT Paul Kindzierski: I joined the Army for a chance at adventure, to expand my horizons to see the world and travel.

SSG Joseph Johnson: This MOS seemed to be the most interesting. The reason why I chose it is because of what I can equate it to in the civilian world once I do retire.

SPC Kristopher Martin: A water purification is actually a really good job in the civilian world. The Army is pretty much the only place you can get the groundwork done. There’s not very many tech schools out there.

SGT Paul Kindzierski: When you leave the Army as a 92 whiskey--water treatment specialist--you’re afforded a lot of jobs. Most of your canning plants that produce food, can goods, need a water treatment specialist on site.

SFC Michael Myer: This job in the civilian world will allow you to get out and transition into a water treatment plant for a local government or even in a large city. You’ll be able to get a job in other countries if you would like, to travel the world and help them establish their purification plants.

PVT Richard Garza: If I were to leave the Army after my enlistment term were to expire, I know I can carry this MOS experience to the civilian sector or private sector as for instance being a QA tech. you can be treating water for public works systems. It’s just a wide variety as far as where you can go with this MOS.