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Career and Education Opportunities for Petroleum Refinery Workers in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its biggest city is Philadelphia.

There are currently 1,550 working petroleum refinery workers in Pennsylvania; this should grow 6% to 1,650 working petroleum refinery workers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for petroleum refinery workers are expected to shrink by about 15.2%. In general, petroleum refinery workers control the operation of petroleum refining or processing units.

The income of a petroleum refinery worker is about $23 per hour or $48,780 annually on average in Pennsylvania. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $26 hourly or $55,010 yearly on average. Earnings for petroleum refinery workers are better than earnings in the general category of Chemical and Gas in Pennsylvania and better than general Chemical and Gas category earnings nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Roughly 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist attractions include the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, and the Boulton.

CITIES WITH Petroleum Refinery Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN Pennsylvania


JOB DESCRIPTION: Petroleum Refinery Worker

Petroleum Refinery Worker video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, petroleum refinery workers control the operation of petroleum refining or processing units. They also may specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.

Every day, petroleum refinery workers are expected to be able to imediately see the relationships between collections of numbers, images, and patterns. They need to evaluate problems as they arise.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Pennsylvania include:

  • Chemical Plant Operations Technician. Control or operate an entire chemical process or system of machines.
  • Gas Plant Operator. Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.
  • Power Plant Operator. Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania photo by Ed Yakovich

Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.