Crane Operator – NOC 7371 SDG


Number of People Who Work in this Industry


Median Income of People Working in this Occupation


Chance this Occupation Will Be Impacted by Technology in the Next Decade


Participation Rate
Percentage of the number of people actively working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of
May 1 to May 7 2016


Unemployment Rate
Percentage of people looking for work as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of the week of May 1 to May 7, 2016, when the unemployment rate was 7.8% in SDG and 5.3% in PR.


of People Working in this Occupation

38.5% of the workforce has an apprenticeship or trade certificate

30.8% of the workforce has a college certificate or diploma

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

42.9% of the workforce is age 45 to 64

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

75% of crane operators work in the construction sector.

25% work in wholesale trade.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.

Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.

Several positions will become available due to retirements.

There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation

Projected growth rate in Ontario: 2.1% – 3%

More Information

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Employment has been relatively stable for crane operators in the province over the last several years.


In Ontario, there are three compulsory skilled trades available for crane operators, who are also called hoisting engineers: mobile crane operators – branch #1, mobile crane operators – branch #2, and tower crane operators. Among mobile crane operators, the type of certification granted depends on the weight of materials the crane can lift. Non-apprenticeable certification is also available for individuals to operate more basic mobile cranes that lift materials weighing up to eight tons.


The size of the labour pool could be limited as the position is physically demanding and may require the willingness to work at great heights. Job seekers possessing minimum secondary school education, some job experience and specific certification such as forklift will have increased employment potential. Also, job prospects may be improved for workers with greater mobility and those familiar with the new technology used on the job, such as of the advanced computers in the cab of the cranes. Operators in the construction industry may experience seasonal employment, with more work opportunities in the spring to fall months.