Mobile Crane Operator
Average Salary: $31.17 Hourly / $64,843 Annual
Don’t you wish your entire career could involve a screen and a joystick? No, we aren’t talking about becoming a professional video game player. Mobile crane operators use state-of-the-art heavy machinery to move massive materials. A series of joysticks, levers, and pedals allows the operator to use his or her knowledge of load calculations to place materials around a construction site.
Education options: Students can start in high school where programs are available and continue training at technical schools, community colleges, registered apprenticeships or industry training programs.
Qualifications: Good sense of balance, ability to judge distance, eye-hand-foot coordination, comfortable with technology, basic math skills. Seventeen States have laws requiring crane operators to be licensed with a written and skills test.