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Energy Transmission and Distribution Workers
Little or no employment change is expected for power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Technological improvements have made some equipment more efficient and reliable, and the use of automatic controls is reducing the need for people to monitor and regulate transmission and distribution systems. Despite this prediction, there will be good opportunities for those with related training and good mechanical skills as a result of the large number of workers who are expected to retire during the next decade. Employment for nuclear power plant operators is expected to grow by 4 percent through 2020, or more slowly than the average for all careers.