Oklahoma Needs Truck Drivers

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  • 27 January, 2013
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Oklahoma’s growing need for CDL licensed truck drivers is sure to have a large impact on the state.

According to the Workforce Oklahoma Occupational Outlook, from 2012 to 2020 there will be 7,550 truck-driving jobs available. More than 2-thousand of those jobs are new and the rest are comprised of replacement jobs.

National requirements dictate that CDL drivers be 21-years of age and must pass a standardize test to receive their license.

According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma had an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, 2.7 percentage points lower than the national average.

According to OkHorizon, there are more than 1,200 job opening for truck drivers in the state.

US Truck Driver Training Stats

Interesting Trucking Stats from the U.S.
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Local schools are training applicants and getting them to work as safely and as quickly as possible.

“The industry demands that we get people in the program and our driving,” said Mark Brown, Director of Truck Driver Training at Central Tech in Drumright, Okla.

Last year the organization trained 569 drivers in its 23.5-days long school.

According to the Workforce Oklahoma Occupational Outlook, truck-driving jobs will make up the 4th largest growing occupation in Oklahoma.

According to the Workforce Oklahoma Occupational Outlook, transportation makes up 6 percent of jobs in Oklahoma.

To see how this boom has affected Central Tech and one of its students, John Barret, watch the video below.

TDT Impact from Shilynn Lucas-Setser on Vimeo.

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