Bucket operators use a machine that lifts a bucket into the air to safely reach heights above the capacity of a ladder and carry out various maintenance tasks. They are responsible for clearing branches and shrubs from the way of right-of-ways or road signs. But most commonly, their work is related to the safekeeping of electrical wires.
Working as a bucket operator, you will not only operate a bucket truck but other pruning tools as well, such as chain saws, chippers, and the like. Occasionally you might be required to climb trees, but mostly you will be doing the trimming from the bucket.
You need no specialized education to take on this job other than a GED and a driver's license or CDL license. Being physically fit is an important requirement as you will need to stand for long stretches at a time and endure uncontrolled weather conditions. You will be working with hazardous equipment and potentially dangerous situations, so having an extended attention span is also essential.