USforkliftCertification.com Survey Shows Forklift Operators - Itís Still a Manís World
In the field of forklift operators itís still a manís world. In a recent survey of over 2000 forklift operators that took the forklift safety test with www.usforkliftcertification.com it was determined that a staggering 96% were men.
In the field of forklift operators itís still a manís world. In a recent survey of over 2000 forklift operators that took the forklift safety test with www.usforkliftcertification.com it was determined that a staggering 96% were men. This begs the question of why? The skills required for forklift operators make female drivers just as capable of doing the job as male drivers. Some of the qualifications for drivers are generally having strong organizational skills as much of the work involves moving and rearranging objects in a warehouse setting. Drivers should also feel comfortable working with others and have great communication and interpersonal skills. According to indeed.com the average forklift salary listed is approximately $25,000 for forklift operators per year based on a 40 hour work week. Experienced forklift operators can earn much more.
Women are increasingly becoming a bigger part of warehousing. Being a forklift operator may not be first to come to mind for women but with many companies offering benefits such as health care, paid vacations and holidays, insurance and retirement plans itís a job worth considering. Also since many warehouses operate 24/7 there is an opportunity to work just evening or weekend shifts. There is even a forklift yahoo group dedicated to female drivers with the following description ďThis is a club for female forklift drivers, made by a female forklift driver. Men are also welcome too. But I made this site to honor us girls who dare to do this somewhat dangerous jobĒ.
If there are women considering a career as a forklift operator they should familiarize themselves with forklift operation and safety. Operating a forklift can be hazardous, so proper knowledge of safety techniques is imperative and required by OSHA. Taking a forklift safety training class and passing the written portion of their safety certification can show a potential employer they have taken an initiative. While not all companies will hire an inexperienced driver, there are plenty that realize everyone has to start somewhere and will bring a motivated applicant in and train them.
US Forklift Certification (www.usforkliftcertification.com) provides safety training materials and testing for the written exam portion of the forklift safety certification required by OSHA. It also provides certification cards and certificates with the driving test being administered by the employerís supervisor. US Forklift Certification offers both the training and testing online or through a kit which is administered by the company.
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