Crane and Tower Operators (53-7021)

Occupation description:  Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions. Excludes Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators (53-7032).

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

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 111107 -3.60 44
United States 45,50049,000 7.6340 1,5801,920

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 26.5815.1818.80 25.0832.1739.71
Alaska 40.0432.8236.16 40.8745.5248.32
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 43.0937.2640.77 43.9847.1449.04

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
17877 43.347.0 36.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation38
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation17
UI claimants previously working in occupation38
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 103
Number of job position postings 24
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.3

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

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: Less than 5 years On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors

Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust   (Palmer)
Heavy Equipment Operator

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Articulated End-Dump
Boom Truck Operation
Side Dump Trailer

Delta Mine Training Center   (Delta Junction)
Surface Mine Training

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
CDL/Heavy Truck Operations Endorsement
Heavy Equipment Operations Endorsement

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Construction Equipment Training 240 Hours HE204 CDL
Construction Equipment Training/Pro Truck Driver/COMBO503 CDL
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL
Grader Training HE200
Mobile Crane Operator 40 Hours HE201
Mobile Crane Operator 80 Hours HE202

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Heavy Equipment Operator Training Certificate