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7. Power Systems Operator
Median Salary: $84,198.40
Change in Salary (2008–2014): +20%
Total Employees: 8,400
Change in Employees (2008–2014): -5%
Want to be in charge of keeping the juice flowing? This group of specialized technicians and operators run and monitor power stations for utilities and large industrial installations. This is a sector with a very specialized skill set, and a relatively small pool of potential employers, so there aren’t necessarily a lot of places to jump in search of a promotion. After experiencing a shrinking workforce for several years, projections look more robust through 2022, with 1.27 predicted jobs for every worker.