Gas Plant Operators

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What do they do?

Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

Also known as:

Compressor Station Operator, Engine Room Operator, Gas Controller, Gas Dispatcher, Gas Plant Operator, Gas System Operator, Liquefied Natural Gas Specialist (LNG Specialist), Liquefied Natural Gas Technician (LNG Technician), Liquid Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator), Operation Specialist, Plant Operator, Process Plant Operator

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Gas Plant Operators is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #2 in job growth rate
  • 40

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (1.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (8.5%)
  • Associate's degree (13.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (28.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (39.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (7.3%)

Percent of workers in this field

★ You’re seeing education information for Gas plant operators(1) because we don’t have information for Gas Plant Operators. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate natural gas distribution equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Operate natural gas generation equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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