Power Distributors & Dispatchers

Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.
Also called: Journeyman Lineman, Power System Operator, System Operator, Transmission System Operator


    Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
  • telecommunications


    Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
    Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns


Description: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Persistence


    Industrial control software
  • ABB MicroSCADA Pro DMS
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
    Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
    Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint


    high school diploma/GED
    certificate after high school


The largest employers of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers were as follows:
Power plant operators 34,900%
Power distributors and dispatchers 11,700%
Nuclear power reactor operators 6,400%


The median annual wage for power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers was $83,020 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $49,580, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $113,250.
Nuclear power reactor operators $94,350
Power distributors and dispatchers $86,410
Power plant operators $79,610

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