Job prospects Truck Driver in Nova Scotia

Job opportunities for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) are good in Nova Scotia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a truck driver.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in Nova Scotia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

Demand for transport drivers is strong and is expected to increase further as a large share of drivers reach retirement age during the next several years. The need for drivers is particularly acute in long-haul trucking due to the more challenging lifestyle associated with it. To increase the supply of workers, the trucking industry is drawing on underrepresented demographic groups and newcomers. Jobseekers may benefit from employer programs to attract workers, such as subsidized tuition and productivity-based bonuses. Further, the mobile nature of this occupation often allows transport drivers to live in the community of their choice.

Here are some key facts about Transport truck drivers in the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 6,900 people work in this occupation.
  • Transport truck drivers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Truck transportation (NAICS 484): 45%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 13%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 8%
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 93% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 7% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 57% of transport truck drivers work all year, while 43% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • 9% of transport truck drivers are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Annapolis Valley Region Good Good
    Cape Breton Region Good Good
    Halifax Region Good Good
    North Shore Region Good Good
    Southern Region Good Good
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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