Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 53-7072 Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
Tend, control, or operate power-driven, stationary, or portable pumps and manifold systems to transfer gases, oil, other liquids, slurries, or powdered materials to and from various vessels and processes.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Monitor gauges and flowmeters and inspect equipment to ensure that tank levels, temperatures, chemical amounts, and pressures are at specified levels, reporting abnormalities as necessary. Record operating data such as products and quantities pumped, stocks used, gauging results, and operating times. Communicate with other workers, using signals, radios, or telephones, to start and stop flows of materials or substances. Tend vessels that store substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials, checking levels of substances by using calibrated rods or by reading mercury gauges and tank charts. Turn valves and start pumps to start or regulate flows of substances such as gases, liquids, slurries, or powdered materials. Plan movement of products through lines to processing, storage, and shipping units, utilizing knowledge of interconnections and capacities of pipelines, valve manifolds, pumps, and tankage. Read operating schedules or instructions or receive verbal orders, in order to determine amounts to be pumped. Clean, lubricate, and repair pumps and vessels, using hand tools and equipment. Collect and deliver sample solutions for laboratory analysis. Connect hoses and pipelines to pumps and vessels prior to material transfer, using hand tools. Tend auxiliary equipment such as water treatment and refrigeration units, and heat exchangers.
License: License not required.
Outlook: No Change
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $17.09   Entry $35,558.00
Mean $24.95   Mean $51,900.00
Experience $28.89 Experience $60,076.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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53-7072.00 Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers