Crane and Tower Operator

Career Overview

A Crane Operator operates a crane that lifts and moves large material or machinery. These are typically found on construction and manufacturing sites. The individual also carries out the supervision of all the activities to check if they are done according to the instructions given by engineers.


A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain this position. In addition, completing a one to three-year apprenticeship program or college/industry courses in crane operating is likely required.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$34,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Electronics
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
Work Environment

Crane operators are generally working in outdoor environments and can sometimes see layoffs during periods of the winter in which there is a shortage of construction.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada