Power Plant Operators (51-8013)

Occupation description:  Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators. Excludes Nuclear Power Reactor Operators (51-8011).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 463471 1.71 1617
United States 41,10038,400 -6.60 1,4101,410

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 35.4821.2828.63 35.9142.9848.84
Alaska 32.9817.0521.91 33.9743.8849.17
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 39.9633.0335.95 40.4045.5148.61
Southeast Region 23.8915.8017.03 19.6129.4640.10
Balance of State 32.5016.8121.31 32.0544.1049.73

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
54244 8.151.0 39.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation106
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation79
UI claimants previously working in occupation39
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 128
Number of job position postings 12
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 10.7

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry

Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02

AVTEC   (Seward)
Power Plant Operation Certificate

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Procedures Certificate

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Confined Space Entry/011

Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate

University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry