Truck Driver


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.

Educational Requirements

for Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary training (non-degree).


Examples of the knowledge needed for success in this occupation is listed below, in order of importance.
  • Transportation: Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Examples of the skills needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Operation and Control: Using equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.


Examples of the abilities needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Control Precision: Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
  • Far Vision: Seeing details that are far away.
  • Response Orientation: Quickly deciding if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part.
  • Near Vision: Seeing details up close.
  • Reaction Time: Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.