Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers

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What do they do?

Tend, control, or operate power-driven, stationary, or portable pumps and manifold systems to transfer gases, oil, other liquids, slurries, or powdered materials to and from various vessels and processes.

Also known as:

Blend Plant Operator, Blend Technician, Chemical Operator, Chemical Pumper, Day Light Relief Operator, Filter Filler, Logistics Technician, Outside Operator, Pipeline Dispatch Operator, Pipeline Operator, Process Operator, Product Transfer Pumper, Production Recovery Operator, Pump Operator, Pump Station Operator, Pumper, Purification Operator, Tank Car Loader, Tank Farm Operator, Treating Plant Pumper

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 9.5%

    Percent Change

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  • 1,600

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (1.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (8.7%)
  • Associate's degree (7.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (26.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (43.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (11.9%)

Percent of workers in this field

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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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement.
  • Monitor cargo area conditions.
  • Measure the level or depth of water or other liquids.
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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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