Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

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What do they do?

Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.

Also known as:

Checker Loader, Fork Lift Technician, Fork Truck Driver, Forklift Driver, Forklift Operator, Industrial Truck Operator, Lift Truck Operator, Shag Truck Driver, Spotter Driver, Tow Motor Operator, Tractor Driver, Truck Driver, Warehouse Driver

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #90 in job growth rate
  • 1,620

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #34 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (3.4%)
  • Associate's degree (5.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (51%)
  • Less than high school diploma (18.6%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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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.
  • Response Orientation - The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials.
  • Secure cargo.
  • Position material handling equipment.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.0 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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