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Working as a Distribution System Operator

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a distribution system operator. For example, did you know that they make an average of $24.37 an hour? That's $50,687 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -5% and produce -6,100 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Distribution System Operator Do

There are certain skills that many distribution system operators have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed mechanical skills, analytical skills and detail oriented.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a distribution system operator, we found that a lot of resumes listed 10.1% of distribution system operators included safety procedures, while 8.7% of resumes included fuel trucks, and 7.6% of resumes included petroleum products. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the distribution system operator job title. But what industry to start with? Most distribution system operators actually find jobs in the utilities and internet industries.

How To Become a Distribution System Operator

If you're interested in becoming a distribution system operator, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 26.2% of distribution system operators have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 8.3% of distribution system operators have master's degrees. Even though some distribution system operators have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a distribution system operator. When we researched the most common majors for a distribution system operator, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on distribution system operator resumes include associate degree degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a distribution system operator. In fact, many distribution system operator jobs require experience in a role such as petroleum supply specialist. Meanwhile, many distribution system operators also have previous career experience in roles such as specialist or customer service representative.

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Average Salary$50,687
Job Growth Rate-5%

Distribution System Operator Jobs

Distribution System Operator Career Paths

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Average Salary for a Distribution System Operator

Distribution System Operators in America make an average salary of $50,687 per year or $24 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $72,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $35,000 per year.
Average Salary
$50,687

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Senior Distribution System Operator
Senior Distribution System Operator
Colorado Springs Utilities
Colorado Springs Utilities
05/27/2020
05/27/2020
$98,08905/27/2020
$98,089
Distribution System Operator I/II/III
Distribution System Operator I/II/III
PNM Resources
PNM Resources
04/30/2020
04/30/2020
$67,99604/30/2020
$67,996
Distribution System Operator I, II, III
Distribution System Operator I, II, III
PNM Resources
PNM Resources
02/25/2020
02/25/2020
$67,99602/25/2020
$67,996
Distribution System Operator
Distribution System Operator
City of Boulder
City of Boulder
01/27/2020
01/27/2020
$48,85701/27/2020
$48,857
Distribution System Operator
Distribution System Operator
State of Florida
State of Florida
01/26/2020
01/26/2020
$31,30501/26/2020
$31,305

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Distribution System Operator Demographics

Gender

male

80.8%

female

13.6%

unknown

5.6%

Ethnicity

White

72.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Black or African American

9.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

Comanche

9.1%

Chinese

9.1%
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Distribution System Operator Education

Degrees

High School Diploma

26.8%

Bachelors

26.2%

Associate

24.4%

Top Colleges for Distribution System Operators

1. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

Tuition and fees
$53,880
Enrollment
6,590

2. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Tuition and fees
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

3. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

Tuition and fees
$18,454
Enrollment
40,108

4. University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, LA

Tuition and fees
$9,912
Enrollment
14,245

5. SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

Alfred, NY

Tuition and fees
$8,570
Enrollment
3,721

6. Duke University

Durham, NC

Tuition and fees
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

7. Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Tuition and fees
$41,420
Enrollment
5,907

8. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Tuition and fees
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

9. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Tuition and fees
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

10. Siena Heights University

Adrian, MI

Tuition and fees
$27,124
Enrollment
2,035
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Top Skills For a Distribution System Operator

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 10.1% of distribution system operators listed safety procedures on their resume, but soft skills such as mechanical skills and analytical skills are important as well.

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Top Distribution System Operator Employers

1. KBR
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$56,787
Distribution System Operators Hired: 
71+
2. Kellogg
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$47,675
Distribution System Operators Hired: 
46+
3. Fluor
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$64,632
Distribution System Operators Hired: 
33+
4. Maytag
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$41,748
Distribution System Operators Hired: 
12+
5. US Army
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$53,674
Distribution System Operators Hired: 
11+
6. LB&B Associates
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$42,563
Distribution System Operators Hired: 
8+

Recently Added Distribution System Operator Jobs

Updated October 2, 2020