Irrigation Specialist

Career Description 

Irrigation technicians design and install irrigation systems. In addition, they inspect, audit, adjust and repair the systems to ensure they perform at maximum efficiency and conserve water. They work in residential and commercial environments as well as for municipalities and in sports turf management.Technology has played an increasingly important role in smart watering systems with computerized controls becoming common and zoned systems now used to balance landscape needs. In fact, with such advances and with the important responsibilities these professionals have in safeguarding the nation’s water supply, many locations now require irrigation tasks to be performed by licensed technicians.

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Irrigation Specialist Essentials

$29,000 - $81,000*

Typical Benefits*

  • Medical coverage
  • Dental
  • Paid vacation time 


After earning on-the-job experience, certification and licensing is encouraged in many states. Many colleges and universities also offer programs targeted to a range of jobs in the industry.

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*Median salaries and benefits should be used as a guide. Actual compensation is influenced by location, type of business, employee’s experience, etc. and benefits vary among employers.


Kurt Thompson, Irrigation Specialist

While looking for a job in a related field, Kurt began working on the installation crew of a residential design/build contractor and fell in love with building beautiful landscapes.


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