Lift operators operate chair lifts in ski resorts. Thanks to their work, skiers don't have to trek up a mountain themselves just to go down again, instead they can sit in a lift and let machinery do the work for them. Lift operators need to know how to operate lifts and inspect the machinery so that it doesn't break down, leaving skiers stranded in the air. However, their job does not involve machines alone. Lift operators also need to have excellent communications skills to provide service to skiers and help them use the lift, especially beginners that may not know how to protect themselves. Lift operators also need an eagle eye for safety standards.
Formal education is not a requirement to become a lift operator. In fact, only about 12% of lift operators have a bachelor's degree. A high school diploma and a year or two of experience providing customer service are the most important qualifications.
Lift operators earn an average salary of $30,391 a year. However, they need to be ready to spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the cold.