Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

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What do they do?

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license. Includes tow truck drivers.

Also known as:

Cement Truck Driver, City Driver, Class A Truck Driver, Commercial Driver's License Driver (CDL Driver), Commercial Driver's License Truck Driver (CDL Truck Driver), Concrete Mixer Driver, Driver, Feeder Driver, Flatbed Truck Driver, Garbage Truck Driver, Line Haul Driver, Log Truck Driver, Long Haul Truck Driver, Mixer Driver, OTR Truck Driver (Over the Road Truck Driver), Over the Road Driver (OTR Driver), Pick Up and Delivery Driver (P and D Driver), Production Truck Driver, Ready Mix Truck Driver, Road Driver, Roll Off Driver, Rubbish Truck Driver, Semi Driver, Semi Truck Driver, Tanker Driver, Tractor Trailer Operator, Tractor-Trailer Driver, Transport Driver, Truck Driver, Trucker

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 6.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #27 in job growth rate
  • 5,820

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #17 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (6.1%)
  • Associate's degree (6.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (23.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (47.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (15.6%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Response Orientation - The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspect motor vehicles.
  • Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation.
  • Inspect cargo to ensure it is properly loaded or secured.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Record service or repair activities.
  • Secure cargo.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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