Tow Truck Operator

Drive tow-trucks to move motor vehicles damaged by accident.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tow Truck Operators do?

Drives tow-truck to move motor vehicles damaged by accident, stalled, or ticketed by police for traffic violation: Receives call or is dispatched to location by repair garage, automobile association, or police department by radio or telephone. Attaches antisway bar to vehicle by means of cable, chains, or other grappling devices, and hoists one end of vehicle, using hand or powered winch, to tow vehicle to repair garage or to police department’s impounding area. May make minor repairs to vehicles along highway, such as replacing spark plugs, batteries, and light bulbs, and connecting loose wires. May perform other duties when not engaged in towing, such as AUTOMOBILE-SERVICE-STATION ATTENDANT; TIRE REPAIRER. May dismantle vehicles to salvage parts, using such handtools as wrenches, pry bar, and hacksaws [AUTOMOBILE WRECKER]. May remove, bend, or cut parts of damaged vehicles preparatory to towing.

Should I be a Tow Truck Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

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    How to become a Tow Truck Operator

    Most Tow Truck Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Doctorate degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9taaab&chl=no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2823%25%29||||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,75,75
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