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Job Qualifications and Growth Outlook - Being a Truck Driver
Job growth for truck driving careers is expected to be 8% from 2006-2016; this is around the average rate of growth for all careers. Over 258,000 new jobs are expected to be created within this 10 year period. The increased competition between rail, air, and ship transportation requiring truck drivers to pick up and deliver shipments, along with the expansion of the economy, are reasons for growth.
Demand for truck driving careers
Truck drivers that will be in the greatest demand are long-distance drivers. Reasons long-distance drivers will continue to be in-demand is because they transport perishable and time-sensitive goods more efficiently than do alternative modes of transportation, such as railroads.
Job opportunities are expected to be favorable in the truck driving industry. Many openings will occur as experienced drivers transfer to other fields of work, retire, or leave the labor force for other reasons. Others opportunities will arise because the growth of the economy can increase the amount of freight needing delivered.
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Jobs vary greatly in terms of earnings, weekly schedules, number of nights spent on the road, and quality of equipment operated. Job opportunities also fluctuate from year to year depending on the economy. Competition is expected for jobs with the most attractive earnings and working conditions.
Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition.