Generator Operators


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Career Cluster
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100417
Generator Operators

Generator 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

Major employers:

  • Utility companies
  • Local, state, and federal government-sponsored power plants

Outlook

Demand for this occupation is declining. Utilities are restructuring operations to reduce costs and compete effectively. As a result, they are reducing the number of jobs at all levels. In addition, the increasing use of automatic controls in new plants should require fewer operators. However, new laws limiting the length of shifts may lead some facilities to hire more operators.

Job openings will occur as current workers retire or leave this occupation for other reasons.

Power Plant Operators (CIS 100417)

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



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Illinois
2,369
Medium
&
-0.9%
5.8%
>>>>
201
Few
  Champaign Area
79
Medium
&
-1.3%
7.0%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
59
Medium
&
0.0%
5.0%
>>>>
4
Few
  Cook County
603
Small
&
-4.0%
5.6%
>>>>
50
Few
  Decatur Area
115
Large
&
1.7%
7.0%
>>>>
10
High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
62
Small
&
3.2%
9.7%
>>>>
5
Very few
  Du Page County
217
Small
&
0.5%
5.4%
>>>>
18
Few
  Edwardsville Area
52
Small
&
-1.9%
5.1%
>>>>
4
Few
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
38
Medium
&
-5.3%
7.0%
>>>>
3
Few
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
132
Large
&
-0.8%
5.2%
>>>>
11
High
  Lake County
145
Medium
&
-1.4%
8.6%
>>>>
11
Few
  McHenry County
10
Very small
&
10.0%
6.8%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
57
Medium
&
-5.3%
6.8%
>>>>
4
Few
  Northwest Illinois Area
135
Large
&
0.0%
3.6%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
139
Medium
&
-1.4%
7.3%
>>>>
11
Few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
28
Small
&
3.6%
4.3%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
75
Medium
&
-1.3%
5.7%
>>>>
6
Few
  Rockford Area
78
Medium
&
1.3%
7.6%
>>>>
6
Few
  Shawnee National Forest Area
43
Medium
&
0.0%
2.4%
>>>>
4
Moderate
  Springfield Area
41
Small
&
2.4%
4.7%
>>>>
4
Few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
86
Medium
&
2.3%
6.4%
>>>>
9
Moderate
  Vermilion County
8
Very small
&
0.0%
4.9%
>>>>
0
None
  Will County
147
Medium
&
0.7%
9.1%
>>>>
12
Moderate
United States
51,800
Small
&
-15.6%
3.7%
>>>>
3,100
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.