Transport truck drivers

Transport truck drivers

NOC
7511

Operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials locally or long distances. They may be employed or self-employed and work in many sectors.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

1,045
 

Median Hourly Wage

$18.98
$13.57
Low
$28.13
High

Median Salary

$42,153
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

8,095
 

% Working Full Time

94%
 

% Working Full Year

62%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Transport truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes. They are employed by transportation, manufacturing, distribution and moving companies, and trucking employment service agencies, or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes drivers of special purpose trucks and shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots.

Main Duties

Long-haul transport truck drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and drive primarily tractor-trailor, long-combination vehicle and straight-body trucks weighing over 4500 kg to transport goods and materials over long distances
  • Plan trip logistics and obtain required documentation to transport goods
  • Perform pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection of vehicle systems, equipment and accessories such as tires, lights and turning signals, brakes and cold storage
  • Ensure cargo is secured properly in accordance with safety requirements and follow safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods
  • Obtain special permits and other documents required to transport cargo on international routes
  • Record cargo information, hours of service, distance travelled and fuel consumption
  • Administer bills of lading and manually or electronically maintain log books
  • Communicate with dispatcher, other drivers and customers using communication devices and on-board computers
  • May perform emergency roadside repairs
  • May drive as part of a two-person team or convoy
  • May transport hazardous products or dangerous goods.

Short-haul and local transport truck drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and drive primarily straight trucks to transport goods and materials mainly on local routes and short inter-urban routes
  • Perform pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection and oversee all aspects of vehicle such as condition of equipment, and loading and unloading of cargo
  • May drive special purpose trucks such as tow trucks, dump trucks, hydrovac trucks or cement mixing trucks.

Also Known As

  • bulk goods truck driver
  • dump truck driver
  • flatbed truck driver
  • heavy truck driver
  • logging truck driver
  • long haul truck driver
  • moving van driver
  • shunt truck driver
  • tow truck driver
  • tractor-trailer truck driver
  • transport driver
  • truck driver
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • On-the-job-training is provided.
  • Completion of an accredited driver training course of up to five months duration, through a vocational school or community college, may be required.
  • A Class 3 or D licence is required to drive straight-body trucks.
  • A Class 1 or A licence is required to drive long combination vehicles.
  • Air brake endorsement (Z) is required for drivers who operate vehicles equipped with air brakes.
  • Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) certification is required for drivers who transport hazardous products or dangerous goods.
  • Additional licensing endorsement or certification may be required to drive articulated trucks.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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2.9%
Female
97.1%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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3.0%
15-24
8.5%
25-34
21.9%
35-44
32.7%
45-54
26.7%
55-64
7.2%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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28.7%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
35.6%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
19.9%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
13.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
2.6%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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63.9%
Transportation and warehousing
8.1%
Construction
6.3%
Manufacturing
21.8%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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16.60%
Northeast
29.90%
Southeast
18.20%
Southwest
13.40%
Central
21.80%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$43,539
Northeast
$45,612
Southeast
$46,728
Southwest
$45,388
Central
$46,236
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$18.00
$14.00
Low
$26.70
High

Southeast

$19.00
$13.60
Low
$28.13
High

Southwest

$19.50
$15.00
Low
$27.88
High

Central

$18.98
$13.57
Low
$28.13
High

Northwest

$18.00
$12.00
Low
$27.78
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$42,153

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$50,180

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$42,153

Newfoundland

$48,040

Prince Edward Island

$40,479

Nova Scotia

$42,256

Canada

$42,644
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

1,045
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-36
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

1,081
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

3,465
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

3
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

3,462