Dredge Operators

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What do they do?

Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.

Also known as:

Dredge Operator, Dredger

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Dredge Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Dredge Operators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 7.7%

    Percent Change

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  • 200

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Dredge Operators:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (2.2%)
  • Associate's degree (2.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (57.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (16.4%)

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Colleges that Prepare

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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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • 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:

  • Operate excavation equipment.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Direct material handling or moving activities.

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

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