Also known as Checker Loader, Fork Lift Technician, Fork Truck Driver, Forklift Driver, Forklift Operator, Lift Truck Operator, Shag Truck Driver, Spotter Driver, Tow Motor Operator, Truck Driver
Also known as Checker Loader, Fork Lift Technician, Fork Truck Driver
Industrial Truck Operators operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.
Industrial Truck Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Industrial Truck Operators. More generally, Industrial Truck Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Industrial Truck Operator is $37,560, and the average salary is $39,210. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Industrial Truck Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Industrial Truck Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Industrial Truck Operators earn less than $27,390 per year, 25% earn less than $31,570, 75% earn less than $45,570, and 90% earn less than $53,720.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Industrial Truck Operators is expected to change by 7.7%, and there should be roughly 75,000 open positions for Industrial Truck 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 an Industrial Truck Operator are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Industrial Truck 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, Industrial Truck 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 an Industrial Truck Operator tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.
Most importantly, Industrial Truck Operators moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Industrial Truck Operators moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Industrial Truck Operators somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
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 Industrial Truck Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as self-control, dependability, and attention to detail.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Industrial Truck Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as an Industrial Truck Operator usually requires a high school diploma.
Industrial Truck Operators need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Industrial Truck Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mathematics, production and processing, or transportation knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Industrial Truck Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Industrial Truck 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, Industrial Truck 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 Industrial Truck 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.
Industrial Truck Operators frequently use skills like operation and control, operations monitoring, and coordination to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Industrial Truck Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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