Home of the “World’s Largest Buffalo,” North Dakota sits in the Upper Midwest region of the United States. In 1889, North Dakota became the 39th state admitted to the union. Today, North Dakota is home to 723,393 residents.As the third least populated state, North Dakota offers a laid back environment with plenty of employment for truckers.
North Dakota’s earliest industries were fur trade and agriculture. Agriculture remains a major part of North Dakota’s economy. Ranking 18th in the country for total value of agricultural products sold, truck drivers in North Dakota are necessary for the leading crops of barley, canola, and oats.
East of the Missouri River lies the state’s capital, Bismarck. I-94 connects Bismarck to Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city. Williston sits off of US-85 in the northwestern corner of the state where the Bakken shale lies beneath the ground.
North Dakota’s economy has skyrocketed in recent years due to the Bakken oil boom. In 2001, North Dakota was ranked 38th in per capita gross domestic product (GPD) and today North Dakota has the highest GPD in the United States. The Bakken boom has propelled North Dakota into the second position of oil producing states in the country. This boom has created the lowest unemployment rate in the country.
The Bakken oil producers rely on trucks everyday, increasing the demand for truck drivers in the state. Each new well estimates that 2,300 truck trips are required for development of every Bakken well. Projections suggest that at least 40,000 wells could be drilled in the Bakken and surrounding areas over the next 20 years. Trucks and truck drivers are expected to be a key requirement for well service and maintenance.
Over half of North Dakota’s communities are served exclusively by trucks and nearly 70 percent of manufactured tonnage moved within the state is transported by for-hire carriers, according to the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association (NDMCA).
According to the NDMCA the average truck driver salary is $42,000, but the oilfield truck drivers make double, sometimes triple, the average salary. The demand for truck drivers is high, but experience is key when it comes to working in the oilfield industry.
Britton Transport has made hiring and recruiting veterans a priority. Partnering with Bison Transport, Britton has developed the Britton Transport Finishing Program that provides new drivers with in-cab instructor training for nine weeks, followed by other training phases that provide truckers with experience in the oil fields.
The oil boom is bringing in new employees from around the world, but other industries, such as housing, are unable to keep up with the rising demand. Many men and women head to the Bakken oil fields for work live in rapidly assembled trailer parks known as “man camps” or their vehicles. Man camps oftentimes house prefabricated structures that resemble military barracks. These camps recently made news when a tornado struck earlier this week.
The increased populations create high demands for all kinds of goods and services. Sadly, human sex trafficking is one of these demands. North Dakota residents have began noticing the increase of prostitution throughout the state with over 100 complaints involving trafficking within the past 6 months. North Dakota law enforcement and trucking agencies are working with Truckers Against Trafficking to spread awareness of human trafficking in the area.
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a non-profit organization that gives trucking companies resources for truck driver education on how to help stop and prevent human trafficking. Partnering together will not only help those within the sex trade but will lower crime within the state.
If you are interested in North Dakota trucking jobs, view the state profile for more information on truck driving opportunities.