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Crane and Tower Operators


Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.


Median Wage: $44,140
Employed: 43,900
Growth: -7%
Green: No
Zone: 3 - Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Classification: Major: Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
Minor: Material Moving Workers

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 Realistic?5?
 Investigative?2.6?
 Artistic?1?
 Social?1?
 Enterprising?1.5?
 Conventional?3.2?

Values

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 Achievement?2.4?
 Working Conditions?2.9?
 Recognition?2.7?
 Relationships?2.6?
 Support?5.5?
 Independence?4.4?

Interests: Crane and Tower Operators


100   Realistic People with Realistic interests like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They enjoy dealing with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. They enjoy outside work. Often people with Realistic interests do not like occupations that mainly involve doing paperwork or working closely with others.
56   Conventional People with Conventional interests like work activities that follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and detail rather than with ideas. They prefer work in which there are precise standards rather than work in which you have to judge things by yourself. These people like working where the lines of authority are clear.
39   Investigative People with Investigative interests like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking more than with physical activity. They like to search for facts and figure out problems mentally rather than to persuade or lead people.
12   Enterprising People with Enterprising interests like work activities that have to do with starting up and carrying out projects, especially business ventures. They like persuading and leading people and making decisions. They like taking risks for profit. These people prefer action rather than thought.
1   Artistic People with Artistic interests like work activities that deal with the artistic side of things, such as forms, designs, and patterns. They like self-expression in their work. They prefer settings where work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
1   Social People with Social interests like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development. They prefer to communicate more than to work with objects, machines, or data. They like to teach, to give advice, to help, or otherwise be of service to people.

Styles: Crane and Tower Operators


69   Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
65   Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
64   Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
60   Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
59   Achievement/Effort Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
54   Social Orientation Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
50   Leadership Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
46   Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
43   Independence Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
40   Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
39   Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical.
39   Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
39   Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
37   Innovation Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
37   Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
30   Persistence Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Values: Crane and Tower Operators


75   Support Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
57   Independence Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
31   Working Conditions Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
29   Recognition Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
26   Relationships Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
23   Achievement Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Knowledge: Crane and Tower Operators


59   Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
46   Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
33   Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
33   Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
31   Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
28   Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
28   Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
27   Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
25   English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
21   Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
19   Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
19   Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
17   Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
16   Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
12   Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
11   Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
10   Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal m
9   Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
8   Foreign Language Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
7   Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
7   Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
5   History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
5   Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
5   Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
5   Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
4   Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
3   Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
3   Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
2   Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
2   Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
2   Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
1   Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
1   Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Skills: Crane and Tower Operators


73   Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
69   Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
56   Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
53   Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53   Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
51   Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
49   Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
48   Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
47   Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
47   Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
47   Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
46   Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
45   Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
43   Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
43   Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
41   Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
40   Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
40   Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
39   Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
39   Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
38   Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
37   Installation Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
37   Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
34   Technology Design Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
33   Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
32   Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
31   Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
31   Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
30   Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
29   Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
29   Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
26   Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
12   Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
12   Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
11   Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

Median Wage - The salaries are US national averages as of 2009 (bls.gov).
Green Careers - The 'green' careers are classified using O*NET classification as reported at onetcenter.org.
Growth - Growth rates are US national 10-year projections as of 2008 (bls.gov).
Zone - Zone refers to 'Job Zone' which is a group of occupations that are similar in the amount of education, experience, and on-the-job training needed, with 1 being lowest and 5 highest (onetcenter.org).
Employed - Employed refers to the number of people employed in this career in 2008 (bls.gov).

*Note:In cases where individual values are not available, values are estimated using averages across similar careers.




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