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Material Moving Machine Operators

Material Moving Machine Operators
Quick Facts : Material Moving Machine Operators*
2010 Median Pay$30,800
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012669,000
Job Outlook12% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change83,000


Material moving machine operators use machinery to transport various objects. Some operators move construction materials around building sites or earth around a mine. Others move goods around a warehouse or onto and off of container ships. Many operators work for underground and surface mining companies.

What Material Moving Machine Operators Do

  • Control equipment with levers, wheels, or foot pedals
  • Move material according to a plan or schedule they receive from their superiors
  • Set up and inspect material moving equipment
  • Make minor repairs to their equipment
  • Record the material they have moved and where they moved it from and to

Work Environment

Most material movers work full time and have 8-hour shifts, although longer shifts and overtime are common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of material moving machine operators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2010 to 2020 as well as for conveyor operators and tenders and industrial truck and tractor operators.
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Pay

The average salary in May 2010 of material moving machine operators was $30,800.
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Material Moving Machine Operators*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Material Moving Machine Operators

30800

Transportation Occupations

46690.7692

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Material Moving Machine Operators*
Percent Change in Employment

Material Moving Machine Operators

12.4066

Transportation Occupations

10.4212869818394

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Material Moving Machine Operators

Most material moving machine operators are trained on the job in less than a month. Some machines are more complex than others, so the amount of time spent in training will vary with the type of machine the operator is using. Most workers are trained by a supervisor or another experienced employee, who decides when the workers are ready to work on their own.
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