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Career and Education Opportunities for Power Plant Operators in Tennessee

Tennessee has a population of 6,296,254, which has grown by 10.67% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Volunteer State," its capital is Nashville, though its largest city is Memphis.

There are currently 530 working power plant operators in Tennessee; this should shrink 10% to about 480 working power plant operators in the state 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%. In general, power plant operators control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power.

A person working as a power plant operator can expect to earn about $24 per hour or $50,600 per year on average in Tennessee and about $28 per hour or $58,470 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for power plant operators are better than earnings in the general category of Power Plant in Tennessee and better than general Power Plant category earnings nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,759,569 jobs in Tennessee. The average annual income was $34,833 in 2008, up from $34,156 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Tennessee was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.8% since the previous year. Approximately 19.6% of Tennessee residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Tennessee include bakeries manufacturing, bread product manufacturing, and commercial bakeries. Notable tourist attractions include the Memphis City Government, the Children's Museum of Memphis, and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

CITIES WITH Power Plant Operator OPPORTUNITIES IN Tennessee


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 Tennessee 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: Tennessee

Tennessee
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Tennessee has a population of 6,296,254, which has grown by 10.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Volunteer State," its capital is Nashville, though its largest city is Memphis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,759,569 jobs in Tennessee. The average annual income was $34,833 in 2008, up from $34,156 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Tennessee was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.8% since the previous year. Roughly 19.6% of Tennessee residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Tennessee include bakeries manufacturing, bread product manufacturing, and commercial bakeries. Notable tourist destinations include the Mississippi River Museum, the Magevney House, and the National Civil Rights Museum.