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Petroleum Pump System Operator Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 42,400 Petroleum Pump System Operators in the United States. The Petroleum Pump System Operator job market is expected to grow by 2.2% between 2014 and 2024.

Petroleum Pump System Operator Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Petroleum Pump System Operators with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 17,000 Petroleum Pump System Operators. That number is based on 900 additional Petroleum Pump System Operators, and the retirement of 16,000 existing Petroleum Pump System Operators.

Demand for Petroleum Pump System Operators

The job outlook and demand for petroleum pump system operators is precarious. The impact of the extended oil price downturn will likely have long-term effects on employment throughout the industry. Prior to June 2014, one of the common challenges facing the industry was talent. Would there be a sufficient skilled workforce to fulfill the potential of the shale revolution, growth in deep water drilling, and related mainstream projects? In the wake of massive layoffs, these concerns seem very distant. Currently, due to decreasing demand for gasoline and refinery closures, the question is: Will laid off workers come back to the industry when the recovery begins in force? The short and blunt answer is that the coming decade for the oil and gas sector will be ‘a slow road back.’ Supply and demand balances remain slow to return to a sustained equilibrium. Iran could actually bring more production on line; although the OPEC decision to cut production – if it can be relied upon – should help accelerate the drawdown of massive global crude oil and refined product inventories. Big picture issues, however, cloud any suggestion of a quick rebound. Climate change concerns and the rise of the electric vehicle and ride sharing services will continue to present emerging and evolving challenges for the oil and gas industry.

Supply of Petroleum Pump System Operators

The Petroleum Pump System Operator industry is concentrated in Texas, Louisiana, and California.

Petroleum Pump System Operator Job Market by State

State name Employed Petroleum Pump System Operators
Texas 10,570
Louisiana 6,080
California 4,700
Oklahoma 1,810
Pennsylvania 1,430
Ohio 1,430
Washington 1,090
Kansas 1,030
New Mexico 990
Wyoming 870
Illinois 850
Utah 800
Arkansas 690
North Dakota 680
Montana 510
Minnesota 490
Colorado 490
Alaska 490
Michigan 450
Hawaii 370
Alabama 360
New Jersey 330
Georgia 320
Missouri 280
New York 230
Florida 230
Maryland 220
Tennessee 210
West Virginia 180
North Carolina 130
Virginia 120
Nevada 80
Oregon 80
South Carolina 70
Wisconsin 70
Iowa 70
Rhode Island 50

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