The U.S. Department of Labor has developed an automated occupational information database, O*NET, that identifies and describes work content, work skills, and training requirements for all jobs across the country in all sectors of the economy. Much of the occupational information contained in this report is derived directly from the O*NET database, and supplemented with information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, and Labor Market and Career Information.
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|Industry||% of Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers employed||Annual Growth Rate|
|General freight trucking||33.3||0.39|
|Specialized freight trucking||12.9||0.39|
|Grocery and related product wholesalers||3.4||1.04|
|Cement and concrete product manufacturing||3.2||-0.20|
|Other specialty trade contractors||2.3||1.20|
|Support activities for road transportation||2.1||1.81|
|2018 Statewide average hourly wage||$21.76|
|2018 National average hourly wage||$21.91|
|2016 National employment||1,871,700|
|2016 Texas employment||185,215|
|Texas projected employment by 2026||217,493|
|Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026||24,414|
|Region||Employment||Projected Employment 2026||Projected
Annual Openings 2026
|Texas (all regions)||185,215||217,493||24,414||1.62%||$45,254.00|
|Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas||Relevant Importance Levels|
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
|Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
|Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
|Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
|Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
|Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
|Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas||Relevant Importance Levels|
|Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
|Top 10 Relevant Abilities||Relevant Importance Levels|
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to see details at a distance.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.