30 percent of civilian jobs require some driving in 2016

June 27, 2017

Thirty percent of civilian jobs in 2016 required driving a passenger vehicle or some other type of vehicle while on the job. A larger share of jobs required driving a passenger vehicle—such as an automobile, van, or bus (20.8 percent)—than some other type of vehicle (9.2 percent)—such as a tractor-trailer, construction vehicle, train, or aircraft. In some occupations, all or nearly all jobs required some driving. These occupations include light truck or delivery services drivers and police patrol officers.

 

 

Percentage of civilian jobs that require driving, in selected occupations, 2016
Occupation Passenger vehicle Other vehicle

All jobs

20.8% 9.2%

Light truck or delivery services drivers

29.5 70.5

Police patrol officers

99.1

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

88.2

Construction managers

80.0

Insurance sales agents

79.9

Installation, maintenance, and repair

50.0 29.0

Transportation and material moving

20.8 49.6

Sales managers

67.0

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

66.6

Personal care aides

65.1

Lawyers

64.8

Protective service

47.4 17.3

Construction and extraction

35.5 26.6

Home health aides

60.8

Correctional officers and jailers

60.3

Electricians

58.4

Maintenance workers, machinery

53.6

Community and social service

51.5

Management

48.5 2.6

Insurance adjusters, examiners, and investigators

49.4

Construction laborers

27.0 21.7

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

46.6

Financial managers

40.1

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

19.1 15.4

Sales and related

19.7 2.2

Computer and mathematical

19.7

Healthcare support

16.6

Production

5.1 11.4

Office and administrative support

9.7 4.6

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

12.7

Registered nurses

10.5

Dash indicates no jobs in this category or data did not meet publication criteria.

Among automotive service technicians and mechanics, 88.2 percent of jobs required driving a passenger vehicle. This driving may involve moving the vehicles to or from the locations where they are repaired or serviced. The driving also may involve test driving to diagnose problems or confirm they have been repaired properly. Similar to automotive technicians, 66.6 percent of jobs among bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists required driving.

Other jobs involve at least some driving to see customers, clients, or healthcare patients or to travel to different locations of a business. Examples include personal care aides (65.1 percent), lawyers (64.8 percent), home health aides (60.8 percent), electricians (58.4 percent), and registered nurses (10.5 percent).

These data are from the Occupational Requirements Survey. To learn more, see "Occupational Requirements in the United States — 2016" (HTML) (PDF). Civilian jobs are wage and salary jobs in private industry or state and local government.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 30 percent of civilian jobs require some driving in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/30-percent-of-civilian-jobs-require-some-driving-in-2016.htm (visited April 23, 2019).

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