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Career and Education Opportunities for Truck Drivers in Washington

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its biggest city is Seattle.

There are currently 36,830 working truck drivers in Washington; this should grow by 13% to 41,740 working truck drivers in the state 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. 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.

A person working as a truck driver can expect to earn about $19 hourly or $40,520 per year on average in Washington and about $17 per hour or $37,270 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for truck drivers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Freight in Washington, and better than the overall Freight category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. Roughly 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Last Resort Fire Department, the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres, and the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum.

CITIES WITH Truck Driver OPPORTUNITIES IN Washington


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 Washington 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.
  • Ship's Captain. Command vessels in oceans, bays, and coastal waters.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Washington

Washington
Washington photo by Kelvin Kay

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle. In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum, the History House, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.