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Career and Education Opportunities for Truck Drivers in Georgia

Georgia has a population of 9,829,211, which has grown by 20.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Peach State," Georgia's capital and most populous city is Atlanta.

About 59,520 people are currently employed as truck drivers in Georgia. By 2016, this is expected to grow 15% to 68,290 people employed. This is better than the national trend for truck drivers, which sees this job pool growing by about 12.9% over the next eight years. In general, truck drivers drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 GVW, to transport and deliver goods, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form.

A person working as a truck driver can expect to earn about $18 per hour or $37,630 yearly on average in Georgia and about $17 per hour or $37,270 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for truck drivers are better than in the overall category of Freight in Georgia, and better than the overall Freight category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 5,571,666 jobs in Georgia. The average annual income was $34,849 in 2008, up from $34,612 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Georgia was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 3.3% since the previous year. Approximately 24.3% of Georgia residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Georgia include motor vehicle vehicle parts merchant wholesalers, automobile motor vehicle merchant wholesalers, and textile product mills. Notable tourist attractions include the African World Museum & Center, the Atlanta History Center, and the Imagine It the Children's Musem of Atlanta.

CITIES WITH Truck Driver OPPORTUNITIES IN Georgia


JOB DESCRIPTION: Truck Driver

Truck Driver video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, truck drivers drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 GVW, to transport and deliver goods, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. They also may be required to unload truck.

Every day, truck drivers are expected to be able to maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements. They need to respond quickly in general. It is also important that they coordinate both hands in a single activity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Georgia include:

  • Bus Driver. Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.
  • Delivery Driver. Drive a truck or van with a capacity of under 26,000 GVW, primarily to deliver or pick up merchandise or to deliver packages within a specified area. May require use of automatic routing or location software. May load and unload truck.
  • Route Delivery Driver. Drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up and deliver items, such as laundry. May also take orders and collect payments. Includes newspaper delivery drivers.
  • School Bus Driver. Transport students or special clients.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Georgia

Georgia
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Georgia has a population of 9,829,211, which has grown by 20.07% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Peach State," Georgia's capital and largest city is Atlanta. In 2008, there were a total of 5,571,666 jobs in Georgia. The average annual income was $34,849 in 2008, up from $34,612 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Georgia was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 3.3% since the previous year. Roughly 24.3% of Georgia residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Georgia include motor vehicle vehicle parts merchant wholesalers, automobile motor vehicle merchant wholesalers, and textile product mills. Notable tourist destinations include the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the Herndon Home Museum.