We surveyed 1,423 fork lift operators to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical fork lift operator. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a fork lift operator?

Low

High

Working as a fork lift operator typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that fork lift operators are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a fork lift operator?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a fork lift operator typically depends predominantly on qualities you’re born with, with a small aspect of skills you can learn.

Is it easy to get a job as a fork lift operator?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a fork lift operator. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for fork lift operators.

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Do fork lift operators work full-time or part-time?

85% of fork lift operators work in full-time roles while 15% work part-time.

Is being a fork lift operator stressful?

Low

High

Fork lift operators tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a fork lift operator?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a fork lift operator.

How competitive is the workplace for fork lift operators?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for fork lift operators.

Does being a fork lift operator require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for fork lift operators.

Are fork lift operators allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Fork lift operators rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do fork lift operators have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Fork lift operators tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a fork lift operator physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a fork lift operator may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are fork lift operators exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Fork lift operators tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a fork lift operator require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a fork lift operator.

Does being a good fork lift operator require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a fork lift operator.