A Crane Operator operates a crane that lifts and moves large material or machinery. These are typically found on construction and manufacturing sites. The individual also carries out the supervision of all the activities to check if they are done according to the instructions given by engineers.
A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain this position. In addition, completing a one to three-year apprenticeship program or college/industry courses in crane operating is likely required.
Overall employment of material moving machine operators is projected to grow 2 percent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by occupation.
Crane operators are generally working in outdoor environments and can sometimes see layoffs during periods of the winter in which there is a shortage of construction.