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Local trucking companies are a multi-billion dollar industry that is anticipated to experience a surge in growth. This growth will increase the necessity for more employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics overall employment opportunities should be favorable with an average rate of growth for employees. The market should also remain favorable as the need for storing and transporting goods increases. It is estimated that the trucking industry employs 8.9 million people. People are employed through various departments within local trucking companies such as the warehouse, business management or truck drivers. The United States is estimated to have 3.5 million truck drivers of which many are employed at local trucking companies. Local trucking companies will continue to offer competitive benefits and pay to find and retain good employees. Local trucking companies employ skilled workers including some drivers requiring a commercial drivers license or CDL. Drivers obtain a CDL by either taking a driver training course that teaches them to not only abide safety regulations for operating a commercial vehicle but also learn about the vehicle and how to keep it operating safely and efficiently on the road. Some drivers also learn with on the job training with the help of experienced drivers and short classroom type training on company policy and safety regulations. After a driver is familiar with how to operate a commercial vehicle and has familiarized themselves with laws and regulations they are required to take a test to obtain a commercial drivers license and get all required endorsements for the type of vehicle and types of materials they will be transporting.
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Local trucking companies move both heavy freight requiring tractor trailer use and light freight. Heavy freight can include a variety of materials including grocery items, hazardous materials, and large shipments of goods to name a few. Heavy freight is delivered locally by route drivers to various locations such as commercial and private properties. Heavy freight is also moved from one local trucking company to another over long distances by line haul drivers. These fast turnaround times and moving of materials makes local trucking companies a favorable means of transporting goods. Lighter freight is often moved around locally or to nearby cities by the use of couriers and package handlers. These things can include smaller packages or products that need to be moved quickly and efficiently. Often times this is all done through same day delivery and people can rely on expedited services. Local trucking companies also serve as warehouse facilities to store parcels and materials until they are shipped or delivered to various companies and locations. Local trucking companies have the means and capacity to store items waiting to be shipped out to customers and clients on a short notice which is a benefit to using local trucking companies. Local trucking companies are expected to continue playing a vital role in distribution of materials; they employ skilled workers, offer short and long range shipping and will remain a powerhouse in the transportation industry.