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Freight: Career and Education Opportunities in Pennsylvania

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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Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.


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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.