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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 460475 3.311 2942
United States 36,10036,500 1.3900 2,2003,150

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 38.1622.1030.34 39.4246.6152.10
Alaska 33.3016.2321.41 31.7044.8552.60
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 40.6825.9332.41 41.3448.5957.46
Balance of State 28.8215.1217.81 25.1540.1449.12

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
57047 8.249.5 37.2
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation101
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation85
UI claimants previously working in occupation45
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 137
Number of job position postings 10
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 13.7

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 (8 Hours)
Confined Space Rescue (16 Hours)

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)
Confined Space Entry/Rescue

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

LTR Training Systems, Inc.   (Anchorage)
Bear Awareness & Handgun Defense
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Confined Space Entry/011
Confined Space Entry/011

Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate

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