Job prospects Truck Driver in the Athabasca–Grande Prairie–Peace River Region
Explore current and future job prospects for Transport truck drivers in the Athabasca–Grande Prairie–Peace River Region. These trends also apply 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.
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 fair for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in the Athabasca - Grande Prairie - Peace River region for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
- Several 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.
Coal production in Alberta has been in decline, largely because of the imminent closure of mines aimed at producing thermal coal for domestic use. The government mandated transition from coal-fired power generation to natural gas-fired and renewable energy sources may limit the job opportunities for this mining related occupation. That said, the Vista coal mine is now operating and shipping coal to export markets with a few new jobs on offer.
Here are some key facts about Transport truck drivers in the Athabasca - Grande Prairie - Peace River region:
- Approximately 7,440 people work in this occupation.
- Transport truck drivers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 62%
- Support activities for mining, oil and gas (NAICS 213): 10%
- Construction (NAICS 23): 6%
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