Bulldozer and Grader Operators


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Bulldozer and Grader Operators

Bulldozer and Grader Operators - At a Glance

Operating engineers and construction equipment operators drive and control machinery used on construction projects.

Quick Facts:  Operating Engineers and Construction Equipment Operators
WagesEarn $83,858 per year
EmploymentLarge occupation
10 Year GrowthMore slowly than average
Annual OpeningsHigh

Preparation 

Preparation

The Preparation section describes the education, training, and experience you need to prepare for work in an occupation. This section covers the types of formal and informal training programs you should take. In addition, this topic covers the amount of experience you need to enter an occupation.

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An operating engineer and construction equipment operator typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training

Working Conditions 

Working Conditions

The Working Conditions section describes an occupation's characteristics. This section covers the conditions and settings that workers in an occupation are exposed to. This list also shows characteristics that a worker needs to do well in the occupation.

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In a typical work setting, operating engineers and construction equipment operators:

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. They interact with other operators and supervisors to ensure safety and receive directions.
  • Usually work outdoors at construction sites.
  • Must pace their work by the speed of the equipment or machinery.
  • May not work for periods of time due to poor weather conditions or low construction activity.

Wages 

Wages

The Wage section tells you how much money most workers in an occupation earn at the state level. Annual wage data appear for most occupations. The annual wage is based on working full time, 12 months of the year.

The wage graph provides two types of information about wages - the median wage and the wage range.

The median wage is represented by the vertical line inside the shaded bar. Half of all workers in the occupation earn an amount below the median wage and half of workers earn an amount above the median wage. Move your cursor over the bar to see the median wage value.

The wage range is represented by the shaded bar, a range that half of all workers in the occupation earn. 25% earn less than the low amount and 25% earn more than the high amount. Move your cursor over the bar to see the wage range values.

If the graph does not display a median wage it is because it is representing several occupations. In this case, the median wage range displays in the wage statement.

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In Illinois, operating engineers and construction equipment operators earn a median wage of $83,858 per year.

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Employment and Outlook 

Employment and Outlook

The Employment and Outlook section gives you information about the size of an occupation, whether it is growing or declining in size, and how many job openings there may be each year.

There are five size categories for occupations in CIS: very small, small, medium, large, and very large. Similarly, five categories are used for the number of job openings: very few, few, moderate, high, and very high.

Five categories are also used for growth: declining, more slowly than average, average, faster than average, and much faster than average. The growth rate tells you how rapidly an occupation is expected to grow in comparison to all other occupations. This information is an estimate. No one can predict exactly how many jobs will be available. The rate of growth of an occupation is determined by several factors. A few major factors are the state of the economy, competition, technological advances, and environmental rules.

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In Illinois, 9,895 operating engineers and construction equipment operators work in this large occupation.

LocationEmployment10 Year GrowthAnnual Openings
Illinois9,895
Large
6.9%
Slow
234
High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.