Pump Operators


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Pump Operators

Pump Operators - At a Glance

Pump operators control the transport of oil and natural gas between wells and storage tanks.

Quick Facts:  Pump Operators
WagesEarn $36,212 - $69,793 per year
EmploymentVery small occupation
10 Year GrowthMore slowly than average
Annual OpeningsVery few

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 pump operator typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training

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, pump operators:

  • Have a medium to high level of social interaction. They talk to others primarily by telephone and face-to-face discussions.
  • Often work indoors to monitor equipment. Sometimes work outdoors when repairing equipment.
  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could cause oil or natural gas leaks, which can harm the environment.
  • Usually work 40 hours per week.

Wages 

Wages

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The Wage section gives you a sense of how much money workers earn in an occupation. Annual wage data appear for most occupations. The annual amount is based on working full time for 12 months.

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, pump operators earn a median wage of $36,212 - $69,793 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, 215 pump operators work in this very small occupation.

LocationEmployment10 Year GrowthAnnual Openings
Illinois215
Very small
1.9%
Slow
27
Very few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.