What does a Forklift Operator do?

A forklift operator is responsible for navigating a warehouse or construction area to move goods around. They are responsible for ensuring that the forklift is in good condition. A few of the main duties of a forklift operator are performing routine maintenance on the forklift, moving goods from one place to another, creating reports of lost or broken goods, and inspecting the forklift. They also have to follow all health and safety regulations. Some of the jobs titles that a forklift operator could grow into are operations manager and warehouse manager.

A forklift operator should have two years of experience in a warehouse setting as well as a high school degree or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a forklift operator will have is the ability to keep track of goods. Another skill is organization as the forklift operator will have to keep track of where all the goods are.

What responsibilities are common for Forklift Operator jobs?
  • Keep track of the location of goods
  • Report any damaged or lost goods
  • Move goods from one location to another
  • Perform routine maintenance on the forklift
  • Ensure proper health and safety regulations are followed
  • Store the forklift back in the proper place
  • Ensure there is adequate gas in the forklift
  • Perform inspections on the forklift
What are the typical qualifications for Forklift Operator jobs?
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Certified to operate heavy machinery
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to follow proper safety procedures
  • Ability to pass a background test
  • Ability to maintain a safe working area
  • Knowledge of heavy machinery
  • Great organizational skills
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Forklift Operator Salaries

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Forklift Operator Career Path

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Forklift Operator Insights

Read what Forklift Operator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Aimia FoodsAimia Foods
FLT Driver
9 Aug 2021

“The pay is not the best for a FLT driver and the chance for promotion within the warehouse is not great”

Forklift Driver
17 Jul 2023

“Everyone was fun to work with...honestly no complaints...no drama if you just go in and do your job.”

Warehouse/Forklift Driver
6 Feb 2023

“Great pay I'm $35 an hour just driving a forklift at the Nalco plant”

Masonite InternationalMasonite International
Forklift Operator
10 Oct 2022

“I love the pepole i work with everyone works as a team n its a great company”

Red GoldRed Gold
Forklift Operator
17 Feb 2023

“Horrible management everything relies on you was suspended and fired for doing nothing wrong got back pay for suspension for being wrongfully accused”

SIMOS Insourcing SolutionsSIMOS Insourcing Solutions
Forklift Operator/Receiver
5 Nov 2022

“No pension & not the best health benefits (aflac) (I don't need them).”

307 Warehousing and Logistics
Forklift Operator
19 Dec 2021

“Good Job Security because it warehouses corn biproduct made by both Tate & Lyle plants in Lafayette.”

Forklift Operator
22 Oct 2022

“3 day work week is amazing and the people i work with are great!”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Forklift Operator

When working as a Forklift Operator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English Language, Load Unload, Strong WORK Ethic, Attention To Detail and Urgency.

The most similar professions to Forklift Operator are:
  • Packer
  • Receiver
  • Material Handler
  • Warehouse Worker

The most common qualifications to become a Forklift Operator is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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