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Generator Operators

Generator Operators - At a Glance

Power plant operators control the machinery that makes electricity. They also control the flow of power over the lines.

Quick Facts:  Power Plant Operators
WagesEarn $81,733 - $93,667 per year
EmploymentMedium occupation
10 Year GrowthDeclining
Annual OpeningsFew

Preparation 

Preparation

The Preparation section describes the education, training, and experience you need to prepare for work in an occupation. This section covers the types of formal and informal training programs you should take. In addition, this topic covers the amount of experience you need to enter an occupation.

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A power plant operator typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • complete long-term, on-the-job training
  • pass exams to work in a nuclear power plant

Working Conditions 

Working Conditions

The Working Conditions section describes an occupation's characteristics. This section covers the conditions and settings that workers in an occupation are exposed to. This list also shows characteristics that a worker needs to do well in the occupation.

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In a typical work setting, power plant operators:

  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of coworkers.
  • Often work indoors, but may on rare occasions work outdoors. Indoor locations may not have heating or air conditioning.
  • Must be sure that all details of the job are performed very exactly and that everything is done. Errors could cause serious safety hazards.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week. Schedules are typically established.

Wages 

Wages

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Two types of information are given about wages--the median wage and the wage range. The median wage is represented by the line in the bar. The median wage is the amount above which half of all workers are paid and below which half of all workers are paid. This is similar to an average. The wage range from the 25% to the 75% is represented by the bar. The 25% means that one-quarter of workers in the occupation earn less than that amount. Similarly, one-quarter of workers in the occupation earn more than the 75%. Move your cursor over the bar to see the wage values.

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In Illinois, power plant operators earn a median wage of $81,733 - $93,667 per year.

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Employment and Outlook 

Employment and Outlook

The Employment and Outlook section gives you information about the size of an occupation, whether it is growing or declining in size, and how many job openings there may be each year.

There are five size categories for occupations in CIS: very small, small, medium, large, and very large. Similarly, five categories are used for the number of job openings: very few, few, moderate, high, and very high.

Five categories are also used for growth: declining, more slowly than average, average, faster than average, and much faster than average. The growth rate tells you how rapidly an occupation is expected to grow in comparison to all other occupations. This information is an estimate. No one can predict exactly how many jobs will be available. The rate of growth of an occupation is determined by several factors. A few major factors are the state of the economy, competition, technological advances, and environmental rules.

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In Illinois, 2,369 power plant operators work in this medium occupation.

LocationEmployment10 Year GrowthAnnual Openings
Illinois2,369
Medium
-0.9%
Declining
201
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.