Also known as Crane Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Machine Operator, Mobile Crane Operator, Overhead Crane Operator, Port Crane Operator, Scrap Crane Operator, Winchman/Crane Operator, Woodyard Crane Operator
Also known as Crane Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Machine Operator
Crane Operators operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.
Crane Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Crane Operators. More generally, Crane Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Crane Operator is $59,710, and the average salary is $64,010. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Crane Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Crane Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Crane Operators earn less than $34,170 per year, 25% earn less than $44,270, 75% earn less than $76,190, and 90% earn less than $95,820.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Crane Operators is expected to change by 5.4%, and there should be roughly 5,000 open positions for Crane Operators 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 Crane Operator are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Crane Operators 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, Crane Operators typically have moderate 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 Crane Operator tend to value Support, Independence, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Crane Operators strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Crane Operators moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Crane Operators somewhat 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 Crane Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and self-control.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Crane Operators, ranked by importance:
Crane Operators often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Crane Operators usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Crane Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, mathematics, or transportation knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Crane Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Crane Operators 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, Crane Operators need abilities such as control precision, multilimb coordination, and far vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Crane Operators, 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.
Crane Operators frequently use skills like operation and control, operations monitoring, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Crane Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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