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Freight: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Freight: The country's industrial infrastructure rests on its ability to move massive amounts of freight around the country and the world. Freight Transportation workers make this happen. From crane and tower operators to cargo inspectors, they provide industry with the transportation service its needs.

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Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.

CITIES WITH Freight OPPORTUNITIES IN Illinois


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CAREERS WITHIN Freight

Crane Operator

Crane Operators operate mechanical crane or tower equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions. Crane Operators need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Route Delivery Driver

Route Delivery Drivers 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. Route Delivery Drivers need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Truck Driver

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. Truck Drivers need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to read and understand what has been read.
Truck and Tractor Operator

Truck and Tractor Operators operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, or similar location. Truck and Tractor Operators need to attend to equipment so as to monitor and adjust its activity. They also need to run the operations of equipment, machinery and systems.