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Trucks - large, medium, and small, hundreds of thousands of them - are on the move every day of the year.

Today, the truck transportation and warehousing industry is the largest sector within U.S. transportation, and is projected to need large numbers of new employees over the next 10-years.

And what might it take for you to become a working member of this industry?

Truck transportation employers often require that driver applicants be at least 18-years of age, have a good driving record, and have the ability to pass a written examination. Federal and state regulations also may require most drivers of large trucks to hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from their state of residence. Employers often also prefer candidates who have graduated from high school.

Warehouse employers do not have as many specific requirements, but usually seek employees - laborers and hand freight, stock, and material movers - who are reliable and capable of doing physically demanding work quickly and accurately.

Today, nearly 2 million drivers, mechanics, warehouse workers, and others are part of the U.S. truck transportation and warehousing industry. Most work is full-time, but good part-time jobs are also available. Wages and benefits vary by the type of passenger transportation system and location, with local governments and urban transit systems often offering the highest pay scales. About 1 in every 10 truck transportation and Warehousing employees are union members or are covered by union contracts, with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters representing the most industry workers.

Truck over Prairie

Between now and 2014 these opportunities should only get better, with hundreds of thousands of new workers needed, including:

  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers - over 500,000 jobs,
  • Light and delivery truck drivers - more than 250,000 jobs,
  • Laborers and hand freight, stock, and material movers - nearly 1,000,000 jobs, and
  • School bus drivers - about 160,000 jobs.

So why wait any further to explore more fully what the truck transportation and warehousing industry might have to offer you!1

Three sites have information on trucking. We highlight the sites and the content we think you'll find useful as you explore your career options in this area of transportation.

For a quick overview of what each site below offers, click the link.


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1 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; American Trucking Association.

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