Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.
What you can expect to experience while on the job
Overall employment of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers is projected to decline 16 percent from 2019 to 2029. Although electricity use is expected to grow, technological advances and greater efficiency are expected to reduce employment. Power plants are becoming more efficient and, in many cases, have higher electricity-generating capacities. Modernized control rooms in power plants will also provide workers with more information and automate some tasks. As a result, workers are able to work more efficiently, which limits the opportunity for new jobs. Similarly, these efficiency gains are expected to affect employment of nuclear power reactor operators, which is also projected to decline over the decade. No new nuclear plants have opened since the 1990s, and although some are in the application process, opening a new one may take many years. The projected employment decline for power distributors and dispatchers is due to advances in smart-grid technology. Some tasks that dispatchers perform, such as rerouting power during an outage, can be automated. However, some distributors and dispatchers will still be needed to manage the complex electrical grid.Read More
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