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Career and Education Opportunities for Gas Plant Operators in South Carolina

South Carolina has a population of 4,561,242, which has grown by 13.69% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Palmetto State," South Carolina's capital and largest city is Columbia.

There are currently 150 jobs for gas plant operators in South Carolina and this is projected to grow by 25% to about 180 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for gas plant operators, which sees this job pool shrinking by about 4.2% over the next eight years. Gas plant operators generally distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

The income of a gas plant operator is about $21 hourly or $45,580 per year on average in South Carolina. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $26 hourly or $55,760 yearly on average. Compared with people working in the overall category of Chemical and Gas, people working as gas plant operators in South Carolina earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Chemical and Gas nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,579,280 jobs in South Carolina. The average annual income was $32,495 in 2008, up from $31,925 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in South Carolina was 11.7% in 2009, which has grown by 4.8% since the previous year. About 20.4% of South Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Carolina include engine, turbine, and power transmission equipment manufacturing, textile mills, and plastics products manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the S C State Museum, the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter, and the Columbia Museum of Art.

CITIES WITH Gas Plant Operator OPPORTUNITIES IN South Carolina


JOB DESCRIPTION: Gas Plant Operator

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

In general, gas plant operators distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

Every day, gas plant operators are expected to be able to focus on a single sound in a noisy environment. They need to imediately see the relationships between collections of numbers, images, and patterns.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in South Carolina include:

  • Chemical Plant Operations Technician. Control or operate an entire chemical process or system of machines.
  • 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.
  • Power Plant Operator. Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

LOCATION INFORMATION: South Carolina

South Carolina
South Carolina photo by Pollinator

South Carolina has a population of 4,561,242, which has grown by 13.69% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Palmetto State," South Carolina's capital and biggest city is Columbia. In 2008, there were a total of 2,579,280 jobs in South Carolina. The average annual income was $32,495 in 2008, up from $31,925 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in South Carolina was 11.7% in 2009, which has grown by 4.8% since the previous year. Approximately 20.4% of South Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Carolina include engine, turbine, and power transmission equipment manufacturing, textile mills, and plastics products manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Edventure, the University of South Carolina, and the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter.