Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators (53-7051)

Occupation description:  Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location. Excludes Logging Equipment Operators (45-4022).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 359370 3.113 2741
United States 549,900585,900 6.619,800 42,50065,910

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2018 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 17.5411.9813.80 16.7120.3724.82
Alaska 25.7613.1617.62 25.6431.2038.85
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 22.5412.5014.36 21.2028.2233.47
Balance of State 30.1819.0724.95 29.7135.7840.71

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
44688 19.745.7 36.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation180
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation42
UI claimants previously working in occupation89
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 451
Number of job position postings 14
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 32.2

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Forklift/Loader Training (8 Hours)

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Forklift Certification
Hazardous Material Transportation Specialist

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Forklift Operator Performance Training - S09
Hazardous Materials Transportation Basic - HMT02
Hazardous Materials Transportation by Air Basic - HMT04
Hazardous Materials Transportation by Air Recurring - HMT05
Hazardous Materials Transportation General Awareness - HMT01
Hazardous Materials Transportation Infectious Substance - HMT10
Hazardous Materials Transportation Recurring - HMT03
Hazardous Materials Transportation Waste - HMT08
Transportation Specialist - ER10

Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Forklift Training
Hazardous Materials Transportation Specialist
Transportation Awareness, 49 CFR 172.704

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Hazmat Transportation (IMDG) Initial - 12 Hours Certificate
Hazmat Transportation (IMDG) Refresher - 8 Hours Certificate
Powered Industrial Truck Forklift Certificate

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Forklift Safety / 016
Front End Loader With Forks / 056 Training
Overhead Crane Safety/024
Rough Terrain (RT) Forklift / 055
Trenching and Shoring / 060

Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Forklift Safety