Chemical Plant Operators


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Career Cluster
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Chemical Plant Operators

Chemical Plant Operators - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Many chemical companies are located in major manufacturing areas, such as the Great Lakes region. Because chemical production uses water, and because many products are shipped to other countries, chemical plants tend to be near major shipping ports.

Major employers:

  • Chemical manufacturing companies
  • Plastic manufacturing companies
  • Agricultural chemical manufacturing companies
  • Drug manufacturing companies

Outlook

Demand is decreasing for this occupation. First, automation is reducing the need for chemical plant operators. Second, labor is less expensive in other countries, so fewer companies are buying chemicals from American chemical plants. Third, environmental health and safety concerns may prevent new chemical processing plants from opening. These factors may also cause some plants to close.

Jobs will be available in this occupation as current workers retire or leave for other reasons. There is competition for these jobs because of the good pay and benefits.

Chemical Plant Operators (CIS 100035)

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Illinois
1,131
Small
&
-3.2%
5.8%
>>>>
106
Few
  Champaign Area
13
Very small
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Cook County
267
Very small
&
-4.9%
5.6%
>>>>
25
Very few
  Decatur Area
22
Small
&
-4.5%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
54
Small
&
3.7%
9.7%
>>>>
5
Very few
  Du Page County
90
Very small
&
-8.9%
5.4%
>>>>
7
Very few
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
59
Medium
&
-3.4%
5.2%
>>>>
5
Few
  Lake County
352
Large
&
-2.3%
8.6%
>>>>
33
Moderate
  McHenry County
12
Very small
&
-8.3%
6.8%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
5
Very small
&
0.0%
6.8%
>>>>
0
None
  Northwest Illinois Area
36
Small
&
-2.8%
3.6%
>>>>
4
Few
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
32
Very small
&
-3.1%
7.3%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
7
Very small
&
0.0%
4.3%
>>>>
0
None
  Rock Island-Moline Area
14
Very small
&
0.0%
5.7%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Rockford Area
25
Very small
&
-4.0%
7.6%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Shawnee National Forest Area
11
Very small
&
0.0%
2.4%
>>>>
1
Very few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
20
Very small
&
-5.0%
6.4%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Vermilion County
24
Medium
&
-8.3%
4.9%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Will County
57
Small
&
1.8%
9.1%
>>>>
5
Few
United States
29,200
Small
&
-3.1%
3.7%
>>>>
2,600
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.