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Career and Education Opportunities for Power Plant Operators in Ohio

Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and most populous city is Columbus.

Currently, 1,260 people work as power plant operators in Ohio. This is expected to shrink by 3% to about 1,220 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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.

Income for power plant operators is about $28 hourly or $59,040 per year on average in Ohio. Nationally, their income is about $28 per hour or $58,470 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Power Plant, people working as power plant operators in Ohio earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Power Plant nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist destinations include the Franklin Park Conservatory, the COSI, and the Central Ohio Fire Museum.

CITIES WITH Power Plant Operator OPPORTUNITIES IN Ohio


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 Ohio 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: Ohio

Ohio
Ohio photo by Matthew Trump

Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and most populous city is Columbus. In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist destinations include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Jewish Historical, and the COSI.