Crane and Tower Operators

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What do they do?

Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

Also known as:

Crane Operator, Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Ladle Crane Operator, Machine Operator, Mobile Crane Operator, Overhead Crane Operator, Port Crane Operator, Radio Control Crane Operator, Scrap Crane Operator, Winchman, Woodyard Crane Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Crane and Tower Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Crane and Tower Operators is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #39 in job growth rate
  • 190

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #8 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (3.9%)
  • Associate's degree (6.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (22.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (55.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (10.6%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Weigh materials to ensure compliance with specifications.
  • Verify information or specifications.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Inspect material-moving equipment to detect problems.
  • Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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