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Working As An Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $22,294

    Average Salary

What Does An Operator Do

An Operator manipulates machinery in a variety of fields. Their primary duties include setting up machines at the beginning of the shift, performing testing procedures to ensure that machines work optimally, and cleaning machines after each shift.

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Operator Career Paths

Operator
Laboratory Technician Manufacturing Technician Process Technician
2nd Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Manufacturing Supervisor Shift Production Supervisor
3rd Shift Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Production Operator Production Supervisor
Assistant Plant Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Assembly Technician Assembly Operator
Cell Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Foreman Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Forklift Operator Production Operator
Production Team Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Welder
Shop Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

70.8%

Female

27.7%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.2%

French

7.8%

German

2.8%

Chinese

2.7%

Japanese

2.5%

Arabic

2.3%

Mandarin

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Portuguese

2.1%

Carrier

1.6%

Dakota

1.6%

Italian

1.5%

Polish

1.3%

Korean

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Hmong

0.9%

Tagalog

0.7%

Hindi

0.5%

Thai

0.5%
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Operator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.6%

Kaplan University

6.9%

Ashford University

5.4%

Murray State University

4.7%

Liberty University

4.6%

Vincennes University

4.2%

The Academy

4.0%

Community College of the Air Force

3.8%

Full Sail University

3.7%

Strayer University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Lamar University

3.1%

Central Texas College

3.1%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.1%

Greenville Technical College

3.1%

Boise State University

3.0%

Grand Rapids Community College

2.9%

Universal Technical Institute

2.8%
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Majors

Business

23.7%

Criminal Justice

8.6%

General Studies

7.4%

Computer Science

5.2%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Automotive Technology

4.4%

Psychology

4.2%

Accounting

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Precision Metal Working

3.6%

Education

3.5%

Communication

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Nursing

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

2.9%

Information Technology

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

42.6%

Bachelors

24.3%

Associate

17.4%

Certificate

7.5%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

2.9%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Hydromill Operator Layne Christensen Frisco, TX Aug 03, 2016 $82,992
Milis Operator Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Jacksonville, FL Apr 01, 2013 $77,730 -
$97,686
Giken Silent Piler Operator Blue Iron Los Angeles, CA Feb 24, 2010 $73,045 -
$79,306
Unix Operator Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC New York, NY Jan 14, 2011 $60,944
Unix Operator Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC Piscataway, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $56,245 -
$33
Ocean Import Operator Us Group Consolidator, Inc. Inglewood, CA Jun 01, 2015 $53,949
Unix/Linux Operator Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. White Plains, NY Oct 01, 2011 $52,175
Operator Columbine Hills Concrete Inc. Silverthorne, CO Feb 29, 2008 $49,045
MS4 Operator City of Valparaiso Valparaiso, IN Jan 01, 2011 $48,606
Unix/Linux Operator Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. White Plains, NY Sep 15, 2010 $45,914
Eqipment Operator Strata Corporation Williston, ND Sep 01, 2011 $41,740
Hydrostaticmachinary Operator Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures Haines, AK Feb 14, 2015 $37,566 -
$58,436
Fellerbuncher Operator YPC Forest Enterprise Inc. ME Feb 11, 2016 $34,436
Fellerbuncher Operator Edmond Roy & Sons Inc. ME Aug 29, 2016 $34,436
Fellerbuncher Operator Pepin Lumber Inc. ME Jun 06, 2016 $34,436
Evacuating Operator Hoff, Inc. Boonton, NJ May 30, 2008 $33,809
Fellerbuncher Operator YPC Forest Enterprise Inc. ME Jul 24, 2015 $33,392
Loan Operator The Korea Development Bank New York, NY Jul 08, 2013 $31,931
Delimber Operator Louis Lessard Inc. ME May 06, 2016 $31,305
Operator Columbine Hills Concrete Inc. Silverthorne, CO Jan 28, 2008 $29,740
Vineyard Operator Flight Rail Corp. DBA River Bend Vineyards Ukiah, CA Mar 15, 2016 $29,640
Delimber Operator Pepin Lumber Inc. ME Jun 01, 2015 $29,218
Delimber Operator Louis Lessard Inc. ME Jun 08, 2014 $29,218
Delimber Operator Pepin Lumber Inc. ME Jun 02, 2014 $29,218
Delimber Operator Francois Lessard ME Jun 01, 2014 $29,218
Construction Operator Cameron Drilling Co. Inc. Alexandria, VA Aug 12, 2008 $28,655
Agriculture Equipemnt Operator Mike Brosnan Woonsocket, SD Mar 16, 2015 $28,362
Agriculture Equipemnt Operator James Arnold Esmond, ND Sep 18, 2015 $28,362
AG Operator Lynn Arnold Esmond, ND Mar 16, 2015 $28,362

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Top Skills for An Operator

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Customer Service
  3. Safe Operation
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  • Produce pharmaceutical use film for prescriptive containers while maintaining safety procedures.
  • Provided customer service to pilots regarding scoring and target acquisition.
  • Maintained assigned vehicle daily for safe operations and Commercial inspections.
  • Licensed irrigation technician:Installing and maintaining irrigation systems, maintaining greenbelts, expertise in operating various heavy equipment machinery.
  • Blow Mold operations included daily preventative maintenance on machines, production/downtime recording and periodic quality testing and reporting.

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Top 10 Best States for Operators

  1. Wyoming
  2. Kentucky
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Kansas
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Minnesota
  7. Idaho
  8. Nebraska
  9. Ohio
  10. Missouri
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