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Power Plant Workers
Power plant workers include power plant operators, power distributors, power dispatchers, and nuclear power reactor operators. In general, power plant operators control the machinery that generates electricity. Power distributors and power dispatchers oversee the flow of electricity through substations and a network of transmission and distribution lines to individual and commercial consumers. The generators in these power plants may produce electricity by converting energy from a nuclear reactor; burning oil, gas, or coal; or harnessing energy from falling water, the sun, or the wind. Approximately 60,000 power plant workers, including nuclear power reactor operators, are employed in the United States.