Top 8 Reasons to Drive a Truck
People may not realize that most items in their homes, and the goods they use or consume daily were delivered via truck. The trucking industry is critical to many companies, and pretty much to every consumer in this country. The good news for current and prospective drivers is that there is tremendous job growth.
According to the American Trucking Association, nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. To move 10.5 billion tons of freight annually requires over 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3.5 million truck drivers. Without the industry and our truck drivers, the economy would come to a standstill.
If you’re already a driver, or considering it, these reasons to drive a truck may resonate. Before we delve into our top 8, keep in mind that you need to have your commercial drivers license (CDL) and meet the requirements of the job, which vary by state and carrier but typically include a minimum age of 21 (for interstate driving), background checks with strict drug and alcohol testing and safe driving records. Oh, and obviously you must enjoy driving!
Driving a truck provides great opportunities and a flexible lifestyle for men, and women.
1. Income Potential. Experience the booming industry and start out with good pay plus benefits. As you gain more experience, skilled drivers get paid more.
According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics the median pay in 2016 for truck drivers was nearly $41,000 per year.
2. Competitive Benefits. Get health and dental insurance for yourself and your family. While these can vary by company, you can expect competitive employee benefits plans in the trucking industry.
3. Fast Training. Invest in your career and enroll in a reputable truck driving school with experienced instructors. The training is hard work but it can be done quickly, even in several weeks. Loans, and scholarships are available. Complete the curriculum and driver training and learn to maneuver a large vehicle in order to get a CDL. Some companies offer on-the-job training.
4. Job Security. Enter a growing field. Reports indicate that demand is high, and that it exceeds the number of qualified drivers. Many experienced drivers are also retiring leaving vacancies that need to be filled.
From 2014 to 2024 employment for truck drivers is expected to grow 5% according to the US Department of Labor Statistics.
1. Adventure. Travel around the country to places you may otherwise not see. Enjoy the open road and explore all the little stops and people you meet along the way.
2. Freedom. Choose to be a company driver or owner operator. Determine your own schedule, and whether to drive regional routes or cross-country. And, take time off in between assignments.
3. Variety. Turn up your favorite tunes, and enjoy that each day is different from the last, and very different from a typical 9 to 5 “clock-in” and “clock-out” cubicle job or one in which you are sedentary, staring at a screen all day long.
4. Independence. Take an entrepreneurial path as an owner operator with your own truck. Note that income and potential increase significantly as an owner operator.
The trucking industry needs you! Talk to truck drivers to get a real sense of their job and experience to help decide if it’s right for you. Companies like us are looking for safe, reliable drivers to do this very important work.
It’s an exciting field that you can grow in. If you decide at some point that you want a change, your trucking experience can translate into a number of roles within the industry such as an office administrator, instructor, driver manager, logistics manager, recruiter and company executive.
As always, if you have questions, please contact us. Enjoy the journey,
~ Team Trans International Trucking