Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

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Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a very high level of social contact. They contact supervisors to find out about jobs and interact regularly with customers.
  • Talk to others mostly by telephone and in person.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by coworkers.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
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  • May work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work outdoors, but may work indoors on rare occasions.
  • Regularly wear protective clothing or equipment.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants, such as cleaning products, and diseases and infections carried in waste.
  • Are often exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures while working outside.
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  • Are regularly exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels.
  • May work in bright or dim lighting, depending on the weather and work site.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous conditions and situations.
  • Sometimes must get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.
  • May travel to and from work sites in a truck or van.
  • May work physically near others, such as within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could damage waste systems.
  • Must allow the pace of work to be dictated by the speed of equipment.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere where weekly and monthly deadlines must be met.


  • Usually work a full time, regular schedule if they work for local government.
  • May work more hours one week and fewer hours the next, depending on demand. This applies more to those who work for or own small companies.
  • May travel to work sites.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.