Power Distributors and Dispatchers

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What do they do?

Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Also known as:

Control Area Operator, Control Operator, Control Room Operator, Distribution Dispatcher, Distribution Operations Supervisor, Distribution System Operator, Electric System Operator, Journeyman Lineman, Operator, Power System Dispatcher, Power System Operator, Production Team Member, Senior System Operator, System Operator, Transmission System Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Power Distributors and Dispatchers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Power Distributors and Dispatchers is projected to Decline 2 percent from 2016 to 2026

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -2.1%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #24 in job growth rate
  • 40

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #7 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.6%)
  • Master's degree (2.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (17.9%)
  • Associate's degree (17.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (31.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (28.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.1%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate energy distribution equipment.
  • Plan production or operational procedures or sequences.
  • Direct operational or production activities.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Record operational or production data.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 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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