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Power Plant Workers

Power Plant Worker—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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Power plant workers include power plant operators, power distributors, power dispatchers, and nuclear power reactor operators. In general, power plant operators control the machinery that generates electricity. Power distributors and power dispatchers oversee the flow of electricity through substations and a network of transmission and distribution lines to individual and commercial consumers. The generators in these power plants may produce electricity by converting energy from a nuclear reactor; burning oil, gas, or coal; or harnessing energy from falling water, the sun, or the wind. Approximately 53,000 power plant workers, including nuclear power reactor operators, are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




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Power Plant Engineer

Power Plant Operator

Assistant Power Plant Operator

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