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Staying Safe in Trucking
By: CareerCast.com
Trucking landed among the 10 careers spotlighted in the 2016 CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report on Most Dangerous Jobs . In the days since, a new column on the Department of Labor's blog underscores the hazards of working on the roadways. Per the DoL: Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers also have the highest number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses that require days off from work across all occupations (a total of 55,710 in 2014). They rank 6th among the top occupations with highest incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, after police officers and sheriffs, ... more
Technological advances have impacts on Trucking hiring.
By: CareerCast.com
They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider." Now three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. There's just one problem. What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks - jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology? "All those ... more
An improving outlook in the American economy translates to more opportunities in Trucking.
By: CareerCast.com
U.S. employers added a robust 195,000 jobs in June and many more in April and May than previously thought. The job growth suggests a stronger economy, and the improvement is reflected in trucking job opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the trade, transportation and utilities sector accounted for nearly 50,000 of the new hires made in June. Economic growth in other sectors directly impacts opportunities in trucking. As retailers stock up, more commercial trucking jobs are available. Industry improvement has been steady since bottoming out in 2010, and hiring has grown five of six months in 2013.more
Skilled truck drivers are in high-demand.
By: CareerCast.com
The entire trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers as the economy rebounds, the energy industry demands more trucks and the baby boom generation, which makes up the largest pool of drivers, is aging out and getting off the roads. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. will need 330,000 more truck drivers by 2020. With the average trucker being 55 years old, the industry will face a shortage in the next decade from retirements. Overall, the industry ranks eighth in the total number of new jobs during the next seven years, stacking up against professions in ... more
Labor shortages are leading to improved hiring outlook in Trucking.
By: CareerCast.com
Marketing manager Scott McNiel estimates the firm could hire 50 more drivers if it could find qualified candidates. The irony is not lost on McNiel that even in a tough economy in a blue-collar state, truck driving jobs often go begging. “Everybody wants to have a local job where they are home every night. That's not going to happen.” If projections are right, the squeeze is destined to tighten in the years ahead. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, national demand for truck drivers is projected to rise by 330,000 jobs by 2020. In 2012, it calculated there were ... more
Trucking distribution centers in the American West are booming.
By: CareerCast.com
A study conducted by an independent location counsel examined the trucking industry and distribution centers around the Western United States and Canada. Warehousing distribution is among the industries being targeted by state and local economic development agencies to diversify the economy. The study, conducted by Princeton, N.J.-based The Boyd Co., included 29 cities in the United States and Canada that have railway access. “It’s more environmentally friendly to ship something by rail than it is by truck,” said Boyd Co. CEO John Boyd. “It’s the equivalent of your SUV getting 400 miles per gallon.” Of the 29 cities, Las Vegas ... more
Trucking employment is returning to pre-recession heights.
By: CareerCast.com
Trucking hiring has steadily climbed throughout 2014 as the industry nears its pre-recession employment levels. With approximately 1,408,700 employed in July 2014, trucking employment is at its highest point since January 2008 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry added roughly 2,300 new hires. Trucking hiring has improved every month since September 2013. Continuing at its current pace, the industry should match its pre-recession peak of 1.45 million employed in January 2007 by the end of 2014. Positions are most plentiful in California and Texas, though the highest paying opportunities are for drivers in Alaska and North ... more
Trucking jobs are in demand in the Construction sector.
By: CareerCast.com
In August's jobs report, the BLS stated that the construction industry added 20,000 jobs, reaching a 5-year high. In addition, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, which is a 7-year low. Improved hiring in the construction industry offers a potential boon for those seeking opportunities in trucking. Trucking jobs are the second-most in-demand in the construction industry per a report. CONTINUE READING AT NOLA.COMmore
New Mexico is a hot-spot for high-paying trucking jobs.
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A Delaware company announced it will invest $52 million in a truck-to-rail facility to help move oil from the Four Corners region to market. NLG Energy Partners’ facility will create 62 jobs initially and another 50 or so within five years, according to the state Economic Development Department. Most of the jobs will be New Mexico-based truck driving positions, and wages overall will average $92,000 a year plus benefits, said Angela Heisel, spokeswoman for the state Economic Development Department. CONTINUE READING AT ALBUQUERQUE JOURNALmore
Learn how to prepare for an interview in the Trucking industry.
By: CareerCast.com
Times are tough right now with the economy, and interviews are hard to come by. Here are some tips to maximize your chances of acing the interview and getting that truck driving job you seek. Preparing for the Interview Preparation before an interview cannot be stressed enough. Be sure to research the truck driving company you are applying at. What loads do they typically haul, which routes, do they operate HazMat contracts, how many trucks and drivers do they have, etc. Be sure to mention in the interview any experience you have that is directly related to the company’s operations. ... more