These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Forklift Operators

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago
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It’s tough to be a forklift operator nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a forklift operator isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become forklift operators in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many forklift operators no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former forklift operators to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former forklift operators:

  1. Machine Operator
  2. Material Handler
  3. Warehouse Associate
  4. Warehouse Worker
  5. Driver
  6. Order Selector
  7. Truck Driver
  8. Welder
  9. Customer Service Representative
  10. Maintenance Technician

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a forklift operator would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former forklift operators to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former forklift operators:

  1. Order Selector
  2. Production Worker
  3. Assembler
  4. Order Picker
  5. Shipping And Receiving Clerk
  6. Dock Worker
  7. Warehouse Manager
  8. Installer
  9. Picker
  10. Mechanic

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Forklift Operators

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed forklift operator under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a forklift operator, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former forklift operators.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Forklift Operators

Job Title Rank %
Machine Operator 1 4.48%
Material Handler 2 3.17%
Warehouse Associate 3 1.4%
Warehouse Worker 4 1.37%
Driver 5 1.26%
Order Selector 6 1.22%
Truck Driver 7 1.17%
Welder 8 1.12%
Customer Service Representative 9 0.97%
Maintenance Technician 10 0.93%
Operator 11 0.89%
Delivery Driver 12 0.88%
Forklift Driver 13 0.82%
Security Officer 14 0.78%
Technician 15 0.76%
Sales Associate 16 0.71%
Supervisor 17 0.63%
Production Worker 18 0.56%
Assembler 19 0.52%
Lift Operator 20 0.52%
Order Picker 21 0.52%
Equipment Operator 22 0.5%
Material Handler/Forklift Operator 23 0.46%
Heavy Equipment Operator 24 0.43%
Shipping And Receiving Clerk 25 0.43%
Dock Worker 26 0.4%
Press Operator 27 0.4%
Warehouse Manager 28 0.37%
Service Technician 29 0.37%
Cashier 30 0.36%
Forklift Operator And Receiver 31 0.36%
Installer 32 0.36%
Team Leader 33 0.35%
Mechanic 34 0.34%
Picker 35 0.34%
Sales Representative 36 0.33%
Cook 37 0.33%
Owner 38 0.32%
Warehouse Lead 39 0.32%
Maintenance Worker 40 0.31%
Associate 41 0.31%
Assistant Manager 42 0.31%
Numerical Control Operator 43 0.31%
Crane Operator 44 0.3%
Machine Operator/Forklift Operator 45 0.29%
Cherry Picker Operator 46 0.29%
Warehouse Supervisor 47 0.28%
Shipping Clerk 48 0.28%
Carpenter 49 0.28%
Manager 50 0.27%
Loader/Unloader 51 0.27%
Crew Member 52 0.27%
Forklift 53 0.26%
Quality Control Inspector 54 0.25%
Painter 55 0.25%
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator 56 0.25%
Foreman 57 0.24%
Customer Service Trainer 58 0.23%
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 59 0.23%
Receiving Clerk 60 0.23%
Reach Truck Operator 61 0.22%
Picker And Packer 62 0.22%
Electrician 63 0.22%
Operations Manager 64 0.22%
Sorter 65 0.22%
Owner/Operator 66 0.21%
Lead Forklift Operator 67 0.21%
Helper/Driver 68 0.21%
Installation Technician 69 0.2%
Ship Worker 70 0.2%
Cleaner 71 0.2%
Security Guard 72 0.2%
Package Handler 73 0.2%
Sheet Metal Mechanic 74 0.19%
Machinist 75 0.19%
Warehouseman 76 0.18%
Stocker 77 0.18%
Route Driver 78 0.18%
Manufacturing Technician 79 0.18%
Assembly Line Worker 80 0.18%
Quality Inspector 81 0.17%
Certified Forklift Operator 82 0.17%
Inventory Control Specialist 83 0.17%
Crew Leader 84 0.17%
Administrative Assistant 85 0.17%
Production Operator 86 0.17%
Loader 87 0.16%
Custodian 88 0.16%
Floor Hand 89 0.16%
Farm Hand 90 0.16%
Correction Officer 91 0.16%
Specialist 92 0.16%
Warehouse Machine Operator 93 0.16%
Shipper Receiver 94 0.16%
Packer 95 0.16%
Janitor 96 0.16%
Pallet Jack Operator 97 0.15%
Floor Technician 98 0.15%
Field Technician 99 0.15%
Order Filler 100 0.15%

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