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Career and Education Opportunities for Power Plant Operators in Missouri

Missouri has a population of 5,987,580, which has grown by 7.01% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Show Me State," its capital is Jefferson City, though its most populous city is Kansas City.

About 800 people are currently employed as power plant operators in Missouri. By 2016, this is expected to grow 9% to 880 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for power plant operators are expected to shrink by about 1.6%. Power plant operators generally control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power.

Power plant operators earn approximately $23 per hour or $48,960 annually on average in Missouri. Nationally they average about $28 hourly or $58,470 yearly. Power plant operators earn more than people working in the category of Power Plant generally in Missouri and more than people in the Power Plant category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,672,794 jobs in Missouri. The average annual income was $36,356 in 2008, up from $35,120 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Missouri was 9.3% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Roughly 21.6% of Missouri residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Missouri include stationery supplies merchant wholesalers, specialized freight trucking, and electrical apparatus, wiring supplies, and related equipment merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the City of Kcmo, the Kansas City Museum, and the Black Archives of Mid.

CITIES WITH Power Plant Operator OPPORTUNITIES IN Missouri


JOB DESCRIPTION: Power Plant Operator

Power Plant Operator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, power plant operators control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. They also includes auxiliary equipment operators.

Every day, power plant operators are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Missouri include:

  • Gas Plant Operator. Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.
  • Petroleum Refinery Worker. Control the operation of petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Missouri

Missouri
Missouri photo by Andrew Selman

Missouri has a population of 5,987,580, which has grown by 7.01% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Show Me State," its capital is Jefferson City, though its largest city is Kansas City. In 2008, there were a total of 3,672,794 jobs in Missouri. The average annual income was $36,356 in 2008, up from $35,120 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Missouri was 9.3% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Roughly 21.6% of Missouri residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Missouri include stationery supplies merchant wholesalers, specialized freight trucking, and electrical apparatus, wiring supplies, and related equipment merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist destinations include the Kansas City Missouri City, the Crown Center Complex, and the Black Archives of Mid.