Dredge Operators

General Information

Description

Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of material moving machine operators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 84,300 openings for material moving machine operators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$49,210

State-by-state Salary

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$74,720
$38,040
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 79%
  • Post-secondary certificate 8%
  • Less than high school 7%
  • Some college 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • English Language
  • Administration and Management
  • Education and Training
  • Production and Processing

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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