Career Profiles and Employment Projections
Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
What They Do
Operate or control petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.
- 2020 employment: 40,600
- May 2021 median annual wage: $79,540
Projected employment change, 2020-30:
- Number of new jobs: 2,300
- Growth rate: 6 percent (As fast as average)
How to Become One
Education and training:
- Typical entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent
- Work experience in a related occupation: None
- Typical on-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
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*Some content used by permission of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.