Also known as Field Operator, Lease Attendant, Lease Operator, Oilfield Plant Operator, Pumper, Well Field Technician, Well Head Pumper, Well Tender, Wellhead Pumper
Also known as Field Operator, Lease Attendant, Lease Operator
Wellhead Pumpers operate power pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce flow of oil or gas from wells in oil field.
Wellhead Pumpers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Wellhead Pumpers. More generally, Wellhead Pumpers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Wellhead Pumper is $60,720, and the average salary is $60,500. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Wellhead Pumper salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Wellhead Pumpers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Wellhead Pumpers earn less than $34,940 per year, 25% earn less than $46,590, 75% earn less than $74,190, and 90% earn less than $85,110.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Wellhead Pumpers is expected to change by 8.8%, and there should be roughly 1,700 open positions for Wellhead Pumpers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Wellhead Pumper are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Wellhead Pumpers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Wellhead Pumpers typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Wellhead Pumper tend to value Support, Relationships, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Wellhead Pumpers strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Wellhead Pumpers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Wellhead Pumpers moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Wellhead Pumpers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Wellhead Pumpers, ranked by importance:
Working as a Wellhead Pumper usually requires a high school diploma.
Wellhead Pumpers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Wellhead Pumpers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, mathematics, or administrative knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Wellhead Pumpers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Wellhead Pumpers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Wellhead Pumpers need abilities such as problem sensitivity, near vision, and information ordering in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Wellhead Pumpers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Wellhead Pumpers frequently use skills like operations monitoring, operation and control, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Wellhead Pumpers, ranked by their relative importance.
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