Do you like being on the road? Being on your own? Do you value your independence?
If so, you might want to think about getting a job as a truck driver.
Got no experience? No problem. Becoming a truck driver is easy. People from all walks of life have done it. Let’s discover why.
1. Job stability
Truck driving is a stable career. Drivers are always in demand. They always will be. The American Trucking Association revealed that nearly 71 percent of all freight tonnage is moved on trucks. That’s a huge number that isn’t likely to go down anytime soon. Another reason to expect job stability is the fact that truck driving can’t be automated. So even as self-driving cars become a reality, technology will take many more years to replace human truck drivers.
2. Very competitive pay
Let’s dive right into the numbers. According to ZipRecruiter, a long-haul truck driver makes anywhere between $57,000 and $70,000 each year. The average salary is about $66,000 a year.
Meanwhile, according to PayScale, a short-haul truck driver makes anywhere between $14.58 and $24.94 an hour. The average salary is about $18.76 an hour.
Now, according to CNBC, the average income of Americans between the ages 25 and 34 is about $776 a week and $40,352 a year.
So as a short haul truck driver, you will be matching the national average income
As a long haul driver, you will earn more.
3. Job flexibility
Truck driving is a job that needs to be done at all hours of the day and night. That’s good news for you. It means you get to choose which hours (or days) you want to work. How many other jobs let you choose whether you want to work during the day or during the night? Most companies offer flexible scheduling for truck drivers, so even if you have other commitments, you will be able to fit everything in at your convenience.
4. Freedom from the boss (and everything really)
Truck driving is a great career for people who don’t like constant supervision. Sure, you’ll have bosses and ideally do what they tell you, but they won’t be telling you much. Your interaction with them will be limited. Most of the time, it’ll be just you and the road.
5. Great benefits
The trucking industry is facing a shortage of long haul drivers. Trucking companies are trying to attract new employees with increased incentives. They usually come in the form of a benefits package that covers dental and medical.
6. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on your education
You don’t need a college degree to become a truck driver. Or special training. All you need is a commercial driver’s license. (You can get one by attending truck driving classes and taking a test.) However, consider taking a course at an accredited truck driving school. It will increase the chances of your getting hired at better pay. A career in truck driving doesn’t require years of schooling or experience. Once you have your license, you apply for jobs – and you will find them. It offers good pay and good old-fashioned stability. The kind so many of us need right now.