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Freight: Career and Education Opportunities in Louisiana

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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Louisiana has a population of 4,492,076, which has grown by 0.52% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Pelican State," its capital is Baton Rouge, though its largest city is New Orleans. In 2008, there were a total of 2,576,960 jobs in Louisiana. The average annual income was $36,091 in 2008, up from $35,340 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Louisiana was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. Roughly 18.7% of Louisiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Louisiana include petroleum products manufacturing, petroleum refineries, and basic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Longue Vue House & Gardens, the Reverend Zombies House of Voodoo, and the Louisiana Children's Museum.


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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.