4. Heavy Equipment Operator

Job Description:
Heavy equipment operators can drive bulldozers, forklifts, cranes, and other large machinery that are used to build roads, move large amounts of earth, or maintain streets or roads.
transportation careersSTEM Type:
Producer
Median Salary:
$43,637
Training Required:
Although a post-graduate decree is not required, those in this transportation career must complete an apprenticeship with a union, a state program, or a technical school. Students take both classroom and job training to learn not only how to run the equipment, but to maintain and repair it, follow safety regulations, read blueprints, and be knowledgeable about science and math.
How to Prepare:
High school courses in math, earth science, technology, and vocational classes in shop and auto technology are helpful in preparation for this career.