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Gas Plant Operators

Distribute or process gas for utility companies.

Quick Facts

Wages:

Well above the statewide median
$34.39 / hour    Read more about wages

Outlook:

Shrinking
Growth rate:  -6.8%    Read more about outlook

Education:

High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions.
  • Operate natural gas distribution equipment.
  • Operate natural gas generation equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
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Job Title Examples:

Gas Dispatcher
Refinery Operator
Plant Operator

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Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages   This career pays well above the median wage.

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $34.39
Statewide median: $21.49

 

This is a very high-wage career. It pays well above the statewide median wage.


Wages for Gas Plant Operators *

Area Low Median High
U S
$27.71 $34.50 $40.56
Minnesota
$29.99 $34.39 $38.48
Northwest Minnesota
$27.95 $29.99 $32.24
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$31.27 $35.41 $39.62

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

In Minnesota, there are 170 workers employed in this very small career.

Where do Gas Plant Operators most often work?

 

Current Demand

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This career is currently in low demand.

 

Future Demand

This career is shrinking.

There will be a need for about 214 new Gas Plant Operators to meet market demand between 2018-2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

 

Employment Outlook for Gas Plant Operators
Area Employment Employment Change
2018 2028 Number Percent
U S 14,700 13,700 -1,000 -6.8%
Minnesota 210 198 -12 -5.7%



On the Job

 

Gas Plant Operators distribute or process gas for utility companies. They do this by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on gas pipelines.

 

Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:


Typical Working Conditions

 

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Education & Credentials

 

Educational Requirements

High School or less

 

Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma7.3
High school diploma or equivalent39.7
Some college, no degree28.9
Associate degree13.8
Bachelors degree8.5
Masters degree1.7
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.1

 

Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Long-term on-the-job training to become competent.

 

Transfer Options

 

Apprenticeship

A registered apprenticeship is a structured way of learning a skilled occupation, craft, or trade. It combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

View the recent 1 apprenticeship(s) for this occupation.


 

Certifications

Certifications are examinations that test or enhance your knowledge, experience or skills in an occupation or profession.

There are no certifications related to this career.

 

Licenses

Licenses are knowledge and skill credentials that are legally required in some careers.

This career does not require a license.

 

Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Applied Math
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Computer Applications
  • Drafting
  • Electronics
  • Geometry
  • Industrial Technology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Physics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Technical Writing
  • Trigonometry

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

Learn more about Programs of Study at your high school.


 

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Skills & Knowledge

 

Most Important Skills for Gas Plant Operators


 

Most Important Knowledge Areas for Gas Plant Operators



Interests


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Describe Your Skills


People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Making decisions or solving problems.
  • Controlling machines and processes.
  • Monitoring information from a variety of sources to find problems.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to find or fix problems.
  • Documenting or recording information.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
  • Collecting information from different sources.

 

Careers that Use Similar Skills


The following careers use skills, knowledge, and abilities that are similar to those used for Gas Plant Operators.

 

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Job Title Examples


Gas Dispatcher,  Refinery Operator,  Plant Operator,  Compressor Station Operator,  Crude Unit Operator,  Engine Room Operator,  Gas Controller,  Gas Plant Operator,  Gas System Operator,  Hydrotreater Operator,  Liquid Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator),  Liquified Natural Gas Specialist (LNG Specialist),  Liquified Natural Gas Technician (LNG Technician),  Outside Operator,  Unit Operator,  Pumper 

 

Where Do Gas Plant Operators Work?


Gas Plant Operators often work in the following industries.

 

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