Movers typically work in the construction or mining business, where they operate the equipment that moves earth and other materials. Depending on the setting, they may also operate conveyor systems, cranes, hoist machines, or industrial tractors, all of which can transport machines around a worksite. They may also operate earth-moving machines like dredge equipment and underground mining loading machines. In addition to running the controls on these machines, movers also clean them, perform routine maintenance and inform supervisors when significant repairs are needed.
Applicants do not necessarilly need to complete a formal academic program to work as a mover or operator. One might simply be required to complete an apprenticeship program or on-the-job training program. However, some community colleges and technical schools do offer associate's degree and certificate programs in heavy equipment operation.
Also worth considering, specialized movers earn more than others. For example, paving, surface, and tamping equipment operators earn an average salary of $44,360 per year, while pile-driver operators earn an average yearly salary of $64,360.