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Career and Education Opportunities for Truck Drivers in Tennessee

Tennessee has a population of 6,296,254, which has grown by 10.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Volunteer State," its capital is Nashville, though its most populous city is Memphis.

There are currently 73,170 jobs for truck drivers in Tennessee and this is projected to grow by 14% to about 83,140 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for truck drivers, which sees this job pool growing by about 12.9% over the next eight years. 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.

A person working as a truck driver can expect to earn about $17 hourly or $36,530 annually on average in Tennessee and about $17 per hour or $37,270 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Freight, people working as truck drivers in Tennessee earn less. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Freight nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,759,569 jobs in Tennessee. The average annual income was $34,833 in 2008, up from $34,156 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Tennessee was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.8% since the previous year. Approximately 19.6% of Tennessee residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Tennessee include bakeries manufacturing, bread product manufacturing, and commercial bakeries. Notable tourist attractions include the Mississippi River Museum, the Delta Axis, and the National Civil Rights Museum.

CITIES WITH Truck Driver OPPORTUNITIES IN Tennessee


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 Tennessee 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.
  • School Bus Driver. Transport students or special clients.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Tennessee

Tennessee
Tennessee photo by Aviator31

Tennessee has a population of 6,296,254, which has grown by 10.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Volunteer State," its capital is Nashville, though its largest city is Memphis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,759,569 jobs in Tennessee. The average annual income was $34,833 in 2008, up from $34,156 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Tennessee was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.8% since the previous year. Roughly 19.6% of Tennessee residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Tennessee include bakeries manufacturing, bread product manufacturing, and commercial bakeries. Notable tourist destinations include the Mississippi River Museum, the Magevney House, and the National Civil Rights Museum.