Electric and Gas Distribution
Most electric and gas distribution careers are high paying.
A distribution system is composed of all the facilities and equipment connecting various kinds of energy sources (gas, electricity from fossil fuels, or renewables) to end-users. It includes the lines, poles, switches, and transformers needed to deliver power at the right place, at the right time, and at the required voltages.
Since existing transmission lines have reached their load capacity, substantial federal resources will be spent on the modernization of the nation's energy grid. In Minnesota, a consortium of transmission-owning electric utilities is seeking approval for approximately 600 miles of 345 kilovolt lines that will connect rural with urban areas and harvest dispersed renewable sources such as wind.
Employers in electric and gas distribution are looking for workers with construction and trades skills, usually acquired through on-the-job training. As shown in the table below, most of these careers are high paying even though they require less postsecondary education than most other industries.
|Typical Education Required||Alternative Job Titles|
||$36.92||Bachelor's degree||HVAC Engineer, Wind Turbine Mechanical Engineer|
|Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators||$23.28||High school diploma or equivalent||Heavy Equipment Operator|
|Electricians||$30.36||High school diploma or equivalent||Wireman, Control Electrician|
|Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
||$29.86||High school diploma or equivalent||Facility Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance Foreman|
|Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay Electrical and Electronics Repairers||$34.75||College certificate||Relay technician, Substation mechanic, Instrument and Controls (I & C) Technician|
|Power Distributors and Dispatchers
||$33.42||High school diploma or equivalent||Gas Controller and Dispatcher|
||$40.53||Bachelor's degree||Wind Turbine Electrical Engineer, Power Systems Engineer, Energy Engineers|
|Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Helpers||$11.37||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Pipelayers||$29.18||High school diploma or equivalent||Pipeline Installer|
|Plumbers||$30.01||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers||$31.44||High school diploma or equivalent||Lineworker|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
||$18.49||High school diploma or equivalent||Electrical Assembler|
|Control and Valve Installers and Repairers||$28.58||High school diploma or equivalent||Electric Meter Technician|
This shows that demand is higher than other occupations in Minnesota over the last six months. It indicates current, not future, demand.