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:

Boom Pump Operator, Chemical Pumper, Concrete Pump Operator, Day Light Relief Operator, Outside Operator, Pipeline Dispatch Operator, Pipeline Operator, Pump Operator, Pump Station Operator, Pumper, Tank Farm Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers in United States

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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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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (2.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (10%)
  • Associate's degree (7.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (22.3%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (43.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (14%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations 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.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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 that 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 Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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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.
  • Plan work operations.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 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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