Power Plant Operators

3.7/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $38.87 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 74% (Robots are watching)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Power Plant Operators' job openings is expected to decline by -15.5% by 2031
'Power Plant Operators' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Power Plant Operators' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Power Plant Operators' was $80,850, or $38.87 hourly
'Power Plant Operators' are paid 76.7% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as power plant operators?

As of 2021 there were 28,960 people employed as Power Plant Operators within the United States.
This represents around 0.02% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as Power Plant Operators.

Job description

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

SOC Code: 51-8013.00


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Jonny Z. says
Are Power Plant Operators the same as 3rd class power engineers? which is kind of the same thing. I'm 18 years old and not working yet, but I'm in rolled in a Power engineering course. Is there still a high chance that this trade is going to be taken by robots also?
Nov 23, 2020 at 08:52 PM

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