There are currently an estimated 41,800 petroleum pump system operators in the United States. The petroleum pump system operator job market is expected to grow by 2.9% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are petroleum pump system operators?

CareerExplorer rates petroleum pump system operators with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 8,700 petroleum pump system operators. That number is based on 1,200 additional petroleum pump system operators, and the retirement of 7,500 existing petroleum pump system operators.

Are petroleum pump system operators in demand?

The job outlook and demand for petroleum pump system operators is precarious. The impact of the extended oil price downturn will likely have long-term effects on employment throughout the industry. Prior to June 2014, one of the common challenges facing the industry was talent. Would there be a sufficient skilled workforce to fulfill the potential of the shale revolution, growth in deep water drilling, and related mainstream projects? In the wake of massive layoffs, these concerns seem very distant. Currently, due to decreasing demand for gasoline and refinery closures, the question is: Will laid off workers come back to the industry when the recovery begins in force? The short and blunt answer is that the coming decade for the oil and gas sector will be ‘a slow road back.’ Supply and demand balances remain slow to return to a sustained equilibrium. Iran could actually bring more production on line; although the OPEC decision to cut production – if it can be relied upon – should help accelerate the drawdown of massive global crude oil and refined product inventories. Big picture issues, however, cloud any suggestion of a quick rebound. Climate change concerns and the rise of the electric vehicle and ride sharing services will continue to present emerging and evolving challenges for the oil and gas industry.

What’s the supply of petroleum pump system operators?

The petroleum pump system operator industry is concentrated in Texas, Louisiana, California

Petroleum Pump System Operator job market by state

State Name Employed Petroleum Pump System Operators
Texas 10,190
Louisiana 5,330
California 4,530
Pennsylvania 1,550
Oklahoma 1,470
Ohio 1,260
Illinois 1,020
Washington 990
Wyoming 890
New Mexico 850
Kansas 790
North Dakota 720
Utah 630
Arkansas 540
Montana 470
Colorado 450
New Jersey 440
Alaska 350
Alabama 320
Michigan 310
Hawaii 290
Missouri 250
Georgia 240
Florida 220
Virginia 190
New York 170
West Virginia 140
Maryland 140
North Carolina 130
Massachusetts 110
Iowa 70
South Carolina 70
Arizona 50
Nebraska 50
Oregon 40