Job prospects Transport Driver near Charlottetown (PE)
Explore current and future job prospects for Transport truck drivers near Charlottetown (PE). These trends also apply to people working as a transport driver.
Balanced labour market
The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.
The employment outlook will be good for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in Prince Edward Island for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
The demand for workers in this field often fluctuates with economic conditions, especially those in the manufacturing, wholesale trade and construction sectors. Since truck drivers carry goods to various markets within Canada and the United States, the occupation is quite sensitive to regional and global economic turns.
Technology has impacted the trucking industry significantly over the past decade. Trucks are now more efficient and safer to operate, but they are also more mechanically complex. Emerging training needs for drivers include computer skills, electronic technologies, vehicle inspection and trouble-shooting.
Working conditions, such as long work hours, unconventional work schedules and being away from home are listed as some of the main causes for the high employee turnover in this occupation. In particular, there tends to be a high turnover rate for long-haul drivers increasing the number of openings in this specific area. Also, in certain industries, such as construction, agriculture and forestry, seasonal work is common as drivers often experience periods of unemployment during the year.
Further, those with industry certification, such as a licence to transport dangerous goods or enhanced security clearance at international borders, will likely have more career opportunities. Employment opportunities may also be good for tractor-trailer (long-haul) truck drivers who own and operate their own trucks. Job prospects may be stronger for experienced workers with a clean driver's abstract as well. However, for individuals under the age of 25, career prospects in this field may be reduced because of the greater insurance costs to employers. The use of global positioning systems and onboard computers has significant impact on how truckers work and on employers' requirements.
Here are some key facts about Transport truck drivers in the Prince Edward Island region:
- Approximately 1,550 people work in this occupation.
- Transport truck drivers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Truck transportation (NAICS 484): 49%
- Construction (NAICS 23): 8%
- Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 8%
- Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 7%
- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (NAICS 21): 5%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 83% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 17% for all occupations
- 47% of transport truck drivers work all year, while 53% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 28 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
- 6% of transport truck drivers are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
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