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Career and Education Opportunities for Crane Operators in Illinois

Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its most populous city is Chicago.

About 1,650 people are currently employed as crane operators in Illinois. By 2016, this is expected to shrink 6% to 1,550 people employed. This is better than the national trend for crane operators, which sees this job pool shrinking by about 6.8% over the next eight years. In general, crane operators operate mechanical crane or tower equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

Crane operators earn about $21 per hour or $43,940 annually on average in Illinois and about $20 per hour or $41,870 annually on average nationally. Crane operators earn more than people working in the category of Freight generally in Illinois and more than people in the Freight category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Approximately 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Then & Now, the Chicago Peregrine Release, and the Field Museum.

CITIES WITH Crane Operator OPPORTUNITIES IN Illinois


JOB DESCRIPTION: Crane Operator

Crane Operator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, crane operators operate mechanical crane or tower equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

Every day, crane operators are expected to be able to maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements. It is also important that they coordinate both hands in a single activity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Illinois include:

  • Route Delivery Driver. Drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up and deliver items, such as laundry. May also take orders and collect payments. Includes newspaper delivery drivers.
  • Truck Driver. Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 GVW, to transport and deliver goods, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. May be required to unload truck. May require use of automated routing equipment. Requires commercial drivers' license.
  • Truck and Tractor Operator. Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, or similar location.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Illinois

Illinois
Illinois photo by Hary Han

Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.