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Types of Jobs That Require Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Types of Jobs That Require Pre-Employment Drug Testing

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Before a company hires a candidate for a position, it’s standard for them to conduct a background check of that candidate. These background checks often go hand in hand with pre-employment drug testing. Not every job requires these tests, but certain industries are known for it. Read on to learn more about the types of jobs that require pre-employment drug testing.


The transportation industry is responsible for transporting people and goods, usually in a large vehicle like a truck, train, or aircraft. If you’re being hired for a job in the transportation industry, know that the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires drug testing, including a pre-employment drug test. This is because operating such a large, potentially dangerous vehicle is a huge responsibility—in addition to their own lives, drivers hold the fate of their goods and the lives of their passengers and others on the road in their hands.


Like jobs in the transportation industry, jobs in the construction industry involve operating heavy, often dangerous construction machinery, and accidents are far more likely if a worker is intoxicated. To guard against accidents and injury resulting from substance abuse, pre-employment drug testing is required.


The hospitality industry centers around having helpful, courteous workers who welcome and serve guests. It is also an industry that sees a high level of drug and alcohol abuse in employees. For these reasons, those hired as employees in the hospitality industry must undergo a pre-employment drug test.

High Tech and Software

Employees in the high tech and software industry work with large amounts of very important, often sensitive information and data or money. One wrong click or the smallest error can have enormous repercussions. As in the other industries we’ve covered, workers in the high tech and software industry must exercise responsibility and perform their jobs uninhibited by the effects of drugs or alcohol, making pre-employment drug testing within the industry very important.

If you’re considering applying for one of the types of jobs that require pre-employment drug testing, be aware of these and other pre-employment requirements. Learn everything you need to know about the hiring process and go into your interviews prepared and knowing exactly what to expect!

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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