Career Attributes

  • $75,533
  • 36,100
  • 3.0
  • 1.1%
  • High school diploma
  • Nuclear Engineering
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Power Plant Operator Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 36,100 Power Plant Operators in the United States. The Power Plant Operator job market is expected to grow by 1.1% between 2016 and 2026.

Power Plant Operator Employability Rating

F CareerExplorer rates Power Plant Operators with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 6,500 Power Plant Operators. That number is based on 400 additional Power Plant Operators, and the retirement of 6,100 existing Power Plant Operators.

Supply of Power Plant Operators

The Power Plant Operator industry is concentrated in California, Texas, and Florida.

Power Plant Operator Job Market by State

State name Employed Power Plant Operators
California 3,210
Texas 2,880
Florida 1,820
New York 1,820
Michigan 1,720
Pennsylvania 1,320
Ohio 1,240
Illinois 1,180
Missouri 1,130
North Carolina 1,000
Massachusetts 860
Georgia 860
Minnesota 810
Wisconsin 740
Alabama 700
Colorado 680
Indiana 680
Kentucky 640
Virginia 590
New Jersey 570
Kansas 570
West Virginia 570
Tennessee 550
Nevada 510
Alaska 490
Maryland 470
Arizona 470
Louisiana 450
Mississippi 420
Oklahoma 410
Washington 410
Nebraska 390
Utah 380
North Dakota 370
Iowa 330
South Carolina 330
Montana 310
Wyoming 310
Idaho 250
Oregon 250
Connecticut 240
Hawaii 240
Maine 220
New Mexico 200
New Hampshire 180
Arkansas 160
Vermont 90

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Career Attributes

  • $75,533
  • 36,100
  • 3.0
  • 1.1%
  • High school diploma
  • Nuclear Engineering
More Attributes