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26 G.I. JOBS | JULY 2018 | GIJOBS.COM TRANSPORTATION HOT INDUSTRY W hether or not your military training and experience included driving a heavy vehicle, there has never been a better time to get into the trucking industry. Due to a growing shortage of drivers, trucking employers are increasing pay and benefits to attract and retain drivers, according to a survey conducted by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). "This latest survey, which includes data from more than 100,000 drivers, shows that fleets are reacting to an increasingly tight market for drivers by boosting pay, improving benefit packages and offering other enticements to recruit and retain safe and experienced drivers," said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. The median salary for a driver working a national, irregular route was more than $53,000, up $7,000 or 15 percent. The median salary for a private fleet driver is $86,000, up 18 percent or $13,000. "Our survey told us that carriers are offering thousands of dollars in bonuses to attract new drivers," Costello said. "And once drivers are in the door, fleets are offering benefits like paid leave, health insurance and 401(k)s to keep them." With 21 of the 2018 Military Friendly ® Employers operating in trucking and transportation, there are ample opportunities for America's veterans in other sectors such as the railroads. Freight rail employee compensation, including benefits, averages approximately $120,000 per year, among the highest of any major U.S. industry, according to the Association of American Railroads. Hot Jobs in Transportation Occupation Snapshot: CDL Driver Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics What They Do: Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo— exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. Median Annual Salary: $42,480 Job Outlook: 6% growth through 2026 Education/Training: Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 1 CDL Driver & Operator 2 Operations Manager 3 Diesel Engine Specialist 4 Customer Service Representative 5 First-line Supervisor: Mechanics, Installers & Repairers 6 First-line Supervisor: Office & Administrative Workers 7 First-line Supervisor: Transportation, Material-Moving Machine & Vehicle Operators 8 Sales Account Representative 9 Commercial Driver 10 Automotive Technician/Mechanic 6 The Hot Jobs list was determined by the 2018 Military Friendly ® Employers operating in this industry.

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