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Career and Education Opportunities for Truck Drivers in Ohio

Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and most populous city is Columbus.

There are currently 74,170 working truck drivers in Ohio; this should grow by 9% to 81,020 working truck drivers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for truck drivers are expected to grow by about 12.9%. Truck drivers generally 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 earn about $17 hourly or $37,360 annually on average in Ohio and about $17 per hour or $37,270 annually on average nationally. Earnings for truck drivers are better than earnings in the general category of Freight in Ohio and better than general Freight category earnings nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist attractions include the Columbus Jewish Historical, the Farrow's Harley, and the Central Ohio Fire Museum.

CITIES WITH Truck Driver OPPORTUNITIES IN Ohio


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 Ohio 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.
  • Crane Operator. Operate mechanical crane or tower equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.
  • 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: Ohio

Ohio
Ohio photo by Matthew Trump

Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and most populous city is Columbus. In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist destinations include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Jewish Historical, and the COSI.