While the economy has been suffering, the prospects for forklift drivers is better than ever. In fact, the forklift drivers are seeing some of the highest rates of growth of anyone in the retail industry. Just think about it, virtually every major retailer needs their inventory stocked and delivered and much of that is done on the back of the forklift. That need isn't going to go away any time soon. Here is what you need to know before you get going with your search.

Working as a forklift driver can be a great way to earn a living with a steady and dependable job. The average pay can range from $15 for entry level drivers at the lower end of the range to upwards of more than $20 hour for more experienced drivers. Pay can also vary widely by location. Alaska and Nevada for example, have some of highest paid forklift drivers in the country.

Since many retailers and warehouses prefer to do movement and stocking of inventory at night, many forklift jobs are at night or even the early morning hours before stores are open. Drivers are generally expected to move inventory around. That could mean moving from truck to a stockpile in a warehouse, or vice versa or it could even just mean moving inventory within a certain area. Expect a lot of physical labor, so make sure you are in shape to handle the workload. It is also important that you stay drug free. Operating a forklift with heavy inventory

Getting that Forklift Job

Fortunately, this great job doesn't have huge requirements or barriers to entry. If you are at 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED then you could be a great forklift driver. You will need to take several courses to become an OSHA certified forklift driver and then you should be well on your way. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is the part of the federal government that oversees workplace health and safety.

Being certified is particularly important in today's competitive job market and will help to differentiate you from other applicants that are not yet certified. Beyond this, you might not think getting certified is worth the cost. However, certified drivers are in demand by employers and your wages will be higher if you are certified.

Once you become certified, you will want to look for Forklift jobs in your area. Some great websites to start looking include, indeed.com or careerbuilder.com. You can also get going typing "forklift jobs" into any search engine and you will be hit with all sorts of websites that have different types of forklift jobs available in any number of different locations.