Trucks move the vast majority of the nation’s freight by weight, an estimated 71 percent, according to the American Trucking Associations. Demand for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in Kentucky is expected to increase by 5.9 percent between 2016 and 2016. Average pay in Kentucky is $43,233. Many trucking companies pay more if the driver has hazardous material certification.
Do you want be an airline pilot? Most airlines want their pilots to have a bachelor’s degree. Eastern Kentucky University is home to the state’s only bachelor of science degree in Professional Flight, Aerospace Management, or Aerospace Technology.
Does life on a river barge appeal to you? Training for professional mariners is available in Paducah through the West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Marine Technology Program.
If you’re fearless when it comes to heights, you might consider becoming a crane and tower operator. The number of openings in Kentucky for these operators is projected to grow 9.4 percent from 2016 to 2016. Average pay is $57,569.
People are still needed to work on the railroad. Over 2,100 Kentuckians work in the industry, a number that will hold steady in the coming years. Pay in Kentucky ranges from $51,438 for rail workers to $72,275 for a locomotive engineer.
Figures from Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2026.