Power Distributors and Dispatchers

General Information


Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

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.

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Average Salary



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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 51%
  • Post-secondary certificate 17%
  • Some college 15%
  • Associate's degree 14%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%


  • Public Safety and Security
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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