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Career and Education Opportunities for Truck Drivers in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a population of 1,053,209, which has grown by 0.47% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's capital and largest city is Providence.

There are currently 3,930 jobs for truck drivers in Rhode Island and this is projected to grow by 9% to 4,300 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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.

Income for truck drivers is about $19 hourly or $39,730 annually on average in Rhode Island. Nationally, their income is about $17 per hour or $37,270 annually. Incomes for truck drivers are better than in the overall category of Freight in Rhode Island, and better than the overall Freight category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 612,258 jobs in Rhode Island. The average annual income was $41,261 in 2008, up from $40,147 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 11.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.6% of Rhode Island residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Rhode Island include miscellaneous manufacturing, other miscellaneous manufacturing, and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Providence Fire Museum, the Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnsn & WLS Unvrsty.

CITIES WITH Truck Driver OPPORTUNITIES IN Rhode Island


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 Rhode Island 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: Rhode Island

Rhode Island
Rhode Island photo by Whitney

Rhode Island has a population of 1,053,209, which has grown by 0.47% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's capital and biggest city is Providence. In 2008, there were a total of 612,258 jobs in Rhode Island. The average annual income was $41,261 in 2008, up from $40,147 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 11.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.6% of Rhode Island residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Rhode Island include miscellaneous manufacturing, other miscellaneous manufacturing, and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Rhode Island Historical Society, the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation Inc, and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum.