Forklift Operators


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Northern Stateline, Northwest, Career Cluster
111600
100089
Forklift Operators

Forklift Operators - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Major employers:

  • Warehouses and storage companies
  • Building material and supply companies
  • Grocery wholesale companies
  • Local and long distance trucking companies
  • Temporary worker agencies

Outlook

This occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average. Growth will be due to the growing number of warehouses. However, companies are installing automated conveyor belts to move things in storage facilities and warehouses which will limit growth. 

Job openings will occur as people leave the occupation or retire. Job prospects may be best for people comfortable using a tablet or hand-held scanners.

Forklift Operators (CIS 100089)

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



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Illinois
27,024
Very large
&
10.1%
5.8%
>>>>
3,388
Very High
  Champaign Area
358
Very large
&
12.6%
7.0%
>>>>
45
Very High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
653
Very large
&
5.4%
5.0%
>>>>
77
Very High
  Cook County
10,301
Very large
&
10.3%
5.6%
>>>>
1,293
Very High
  Decatur Area
280
Very large
&
7.5%
7.0%
>>>>
34
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
1,682
Very large
&
15.5%
9.7%
>>>>
225
Very High
  Du Page County
2,951
Very large
&
9.3%
5.4%
>>>>
367
Very High
  Edwardsville Area
874
Very large
&
21.7%
5.1%
>>>>
125
Very High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
160
Very large
&
8.8%
7.0%
>>>>
19
High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
412
Very large
&
9.7%
5.2%
>>>>
51
Very High
  Lake County
1,518
Very large
&
13.6%
8.6%
>>>>
198
Very High
  McHenry County
460
Very large
&
12.4%
6.8%
>>>>
60
Very High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
540
Very large
&
5.4%
6.8%
>>>>
64
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
1,013
Very large
&
5.9%
3.6%
>>>>
120
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
1,048
Very large
&
7.8%
7.3%
>>>>
128
Very High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
333
Very large
&
6.0%
4.3%
>>>>
40
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
341
Very large
&
11.4%
5.7%
>>>>
44
Very High
  Rockford Area
1,084
Very large
&
25.4%
7.6%
>>>>
161
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
124
Very large
&
3.2%
2.4%
>>>>
13
High
  Springfield Area
353
Large
&
8.2%
4.7%
>>>>
44
High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
498
Very large
&
16.5%
6.4%
>>>>
67
Very High
  Vermilion County
226
Very large
&
4.0%
4.9%
>>>>
26
Very High
  Will County
1,843
Very large
&
16.3%
9.1%
>>>>
248
Very High
United States
634,700
Very large
&
2.8%
3.7%
>>>>
64,300
Very High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.