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Chemical Plant and System Operators - What They Do


Chemical Plant and System Operators generally receive Long-term on-the-job training before they are capable of performing their job at an acceptable level. Once employed, Chemical Plant and System Operators can expect to earn an average of $56,000 per year throughout their career.

In addition, over the coming 10 years Chemical Plant and System Operators should expect a massive decline in jobs available within their industry. They will likely experience a decline in employment of -15.3%. In respect to starting your own business, Chemical Plant and System Operators rarely feel the entrepreneurial itch. Currently, 0.1% of the employment base is classified as self-employed.

Given the job environment today, Chemical Plant and System Operators can consider themselves quite lucky, as only 2.3% are currently unemployed.

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