Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
25%
risk level
POLLING
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LABOR DEMAND *
GROWTH
-15.5 %
by year 2032
WAGES
$93,060
or $44.74 per hour
Volume
31,590
as of 2022

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Power Plant Operators.

SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
5.0/10

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Automation risk

25% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

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Growth

Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Power Plant Operators' job openings is expected to decline 15.5% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Power Plant Operators' was $93,060, or $44 per hour

'Power Plant Operators' were paid 101.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 31,590 people employed as 'Power Plant Operators' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as 'Power Plant Operators'.

Job description

Monitor and control activities associated with hydropower generation. Operate plant equipment, such as turbines, pumps, valves, gates, fans, electric control boards, and battery banks. Monitor equipment operation and performance and make necessary adjustments to ensure optimal performance. Perform equipment maintenance and repair as necessary.

SOC Code: 51-8013.04

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