Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers (53-3032)

Occupation description:  Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 2,9242,946 0.8124 184310
United States 1,871,7001,980,100 5.881,700 121,000213,540

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.5214.0117.43 21.7626.8532.13
Alaska 28.7718.9523.29 27.8432.6339.81
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 29.4016.2622.54 28.0333.2244.72
Fairbanks North Star Borough 29.2421.6925.47 28.7533.7238.36
Balance of State 27.2019.3022.69 26.5630.7937.25

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
3,724677 18.253.0 40.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation800
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation306
UI claimants previously working in occupation950
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 2,389
Number of job position postings 335
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 7.1

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

Alaska Driving Academy   (Soldotna)
CDL Behind the Wheel Course
CDL Testing - 1/2 Day
CDL Testing - Full Day
Entry Level Driver Training CDL Course

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
CDL A or B, Road Skills Refresher
CDL A or B, 10-Hour
CDL A or B, 5-Hour Road Skills Assessment
CDL A, 20-Hour
CDL B, 20-Hour
CDL B, Passenger Bus Road Skills Assessment
CDL Permit and Endorsement Preparatory Course
Construction Truck Driver Apprenticeship
Entry Level Driver Course
Fast Track CDL A
Hazardous Material Transportation Specialist
Long Commercial Vehicle
Mixer Truck
Professional Truck Driver Defensive Driving

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations - HMT09
Hazardous Materials Transportation Basic - HMT02
Hazardous Materials Transportation by Air Basic - HMT04
Hazardous Materials Transportation by Air Recurring - HMT05
Hazardous Materials Transportation General Awareness - HMT01
Hazardous Materials Transportation Infectious Substance - HMT10
Hazardous Materials Transportation Recurring - HMT03
Hazardous Materials Transportation Waste - HMT08
Transportation Specialist - ER10

Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Pipeline Training

American Health and Safety, LLC   (Fairbanks)
REACT - Roadside Emergency Action Control Training

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Thinking Driver

Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Basic Driver Training (6-week) CDL A CDL
Boom Truck
CDL A - 20 Hour
CDL B - 20 Hour
Defensive Driving Course for the Professional Truck Driver
Fast Track-CDL A CDL
Hazardous Materials Transportation Specialist
Long Commercial Vehicle Training
Passenger Bus Road Skills Refresher-CDL B- 4 hour
Qualified Rigger/Signalperson and Boom Truck Combined
Road Skills Assessment, CDL A/B - 10 Hour
Road Skills Assessment, CDL A/B - 5 Hour
Road Skills Refresher, CDL A or B - 4 Hour
Transportation Awareness, 49 CFR 172.704

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Hazmat Transportation (IMDG) Initial - 12 Hours Certificate
Hazmat Transportation (IMDG) Refresher - 8 Hours Certificate
Thinking Driver Certificate

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
325 Vac Truck Operations Certificate Endorsement
CDL/Heavy Truck Operations Endorsement

Kenai Peninsula Driving Instruction   (Kenai)
Commercial Truck Driving - For Newcomers
Commercial Truck Driving - For those with Experience
Commercial Truck Driving - Get Back Up to Speed
Commercial Truck Driving - Refresh Your Skills
Commercial Truck Driving - The Final Stretch

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Boom Truck Safety Training/009
CDL Road Exams/058
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL
Pro Truck Driver - 2 Week CDL
Pro Truck Driver - Basic Skills Evaluation 1 Week TD104 CDL
Pro Truck Driver - Basic Skills Evaluation 2 Day TD103 CDL
Pro Truck Driver - Basic Skills Review: 1 Day TD102 CDL
Pro Truck Driver - Basic Skills Review: 1/2 Day TD101 CDL
Pro Truck Driver - CDL Written Exam Prep/063
Pro Truck Driver - Long Combination Vehicles/TD111
Pro Truck Driver 120 Hour
Pro Truck Driver 160 Hours /TD107 CDL
Pro Truck Driver 246 Hours/TD108
Pro Truck Driver 320 Hours/TD110

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Off System CDL (Commercial Drivers License) Certificate

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class A Driver Training Certificate