Prospects in truck driver jobs

If you want to become a truck driver, now is a great time. There are literally hundreds of thousands of opportunities across the United States. Commerce is teeming, and with teeming commerce you need many fleets of trucks to carry goods from point A to point B.

The duties of a truck driver include transporting finished goods and raw materials over land, typically to and from manufacturing plants, retail and distribution centers. Truck drivers are responsible for inspecting their vehicles for mechanical items or issues relating to safe operation. Others, such as driver/sales workers, are also responsible for sales and customer service.

There are many different types of trucks you can drive if you choose to become a driver. There is a freight hauler, construction hauler, hazardous hauler, tank hauler, flat bed hauler, local hauler, road driver, long haul driver, low boy hauler, small doubles, large doubles, triples small, straight trucks, or other specialized hauling. You may need different endorsements for these.

But for all of these, you will need to get your CDL, or commercial driving license. These can be obtained at truck driving schools. There are public institutions, private schools, and motor carrier training. At these training places, you’ll learn to drive a truck and you will need to clock a certain number of hours on the road before you are green-lighted to get the CDL. Once this has been obtained, you can begin looking for work.

Some truck drivers work independently. They own and service their own trucks but accept jobs to deliver loads from one place to another. These are typically called long haul truckers.

There are typically three different types of truck drivers – owners/operators, company drivers, and independent owner/operators. Owner/operators own the trucks they drive and can either lease their trucks by contract with a trucking company to haul freight for that company using their own trucks, or they haul loads for a number of companies and are self-employed independent contractors. Others who aren’t financially ready to purchase a truck yet can lease a truck from a company and make payments on it to buy it in two to five years.