There are currently an estimated 549,900 fork lift operators in the United States. The fork lift operator job market is expected to grow by 6.5% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are fork lift operators?

CareerExplorer rates fork lift operators with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 43,500 fork lift operators. That number is based on 36,000 additional fork lift operators, and the retirement of 7,500 existing fork lift operators.

What’s the supply of fork lift operators?

The fork lift operator industry is concentrated in Texas, California, Georgia

Fork Lift Operator job market by state

State Name Employed Fork Lift Operators
Texas 62,820
California 59,260
Georgia 33,790
Pennsylvania 31,580
Ohio 26,640
Illinois 25,010
North Carolina 23,250
Florida 21,160
Tennessee 17,980
New Jersey 17,640
Michigan 17,110
New York 16,130
Indiana 16,000
Kentucky 13,880
Virginia 13,140
Wisconsin 12,920
Washington 11,570
Missouri 11,070
Colorado 10,210
Arizona 9,650
Oregon 9,510
Alabama 9,130
Minnesota 8,630
South Carolina 7,950
Arkansas 7,140
Mississippi 7,060
Maryland 6,940
Louisiana 6,910
Iowa 6,580
Oklahoma 6,230
Massachusetts 5,680
Kansas 5,320
Utah 4,510
Nebraska 3,250
Puerto Rico 2,710
Nevada 2,680
Maine 2,660
Connecticut 2,270
Idaho 2,250
West Virginia 2,180
Delaware 1,880
New Hampshire 1,580
South Dakota 1,320
Rhode Island 1,210
North Dakota 1,120
New Mexico 1,100
Wyoming 1,040
Montana 1,010
Vermont 860
Hawaii 770
Alaska 600
Guam 180
District of Columbia 90
Virgin Islands 50