What is the outlook for jobs in the future for Heavy Equipment Operators?
Terrific!! Construction is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022*, faster than the average for all occupations! This is due in part because of the increased spending on the infrastructure to improve roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and the electrical power grid. In addition to the need for heavy equipment operators to repair and upgrade our infrastructure, these workers will be needed to keep up with the need for more houses, apartments, and other building projects, due to population growth.
Construction equipment operators held 409,700 jobs in 2012, with approximately 78,000 more operators needed by 2022 to keep up with the expected growth.* In addition to the NEW job opportunities, heavy equipment operators will be needed to replace those leaving the industry.
The potential for employment in the construction industry is outstanding, to say the least. The best opportunities will be available to heavy equipment operators who have the training and ability to operate MULTIPLE types of equipment.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Construction Equipment Operators, on the Internet at: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/construction-equipment-operators.htm#tab-5