Job prospects Transport Driver in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region
Explore current and future job prospects for Transport truck drivers in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region. These trends also apply to people working as a transport 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 Abitibi - Témiscamingue 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.
It is possible to work in this occupation without any specific training, but this situation tends to change rapidly. Indeed, the introduction of several technological innovations in recent years has a significant impact on the requirements of employers and the tasks of those workers who must have a driving license of the appropriate class for the vehicle used (classes 1 to 3) and an excellent driving record. In addition, some employers require a secondary school diploma, a certification in the transportation of dangerous goods, as well as knowledge of mechanics. Although several companies offer on the job training, a Diploma of Vocational Studies in truck driving may also be required. In general, employers are looking for people with a few years' experience, who are autonomous, responsible, patient, physically fit, adaptable, professional and rigorous, and possess good judgment. The mastery of both official languages is an undeniable asset.
Several factors are helping to boost employment in this occupation, including rising domestic consumption, growth in imports and exports, expanding e-purchasing, manufacturing and mining needs, as well as regulatory changes (adoption of rules limiting consecutive driving hours, imposition of speed limiters and "just-in-time" inventory management). On the other hand, the uncertainty raised by US trade policy could hinder the creation of new positions. In addition, the regional outlook for this occupation will be less favorable than in the province as a whole due to a higher proportion of unemployed workers.
Here are some key facts about Transport truck drivers in the Abitibi - Témiscamingue region:
- Approximately 2,000 people work in this occupation.
- Transport truck drivers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 62%
- Construction (NAICS 23): 11%
- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (NAICS 21): 7%
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