The delivery of raw materials, goods, and finished products from the manufacturer to the intended consumers remains the most vital job in the world. There are three ways of delivering these goods—via land (trucks and railways), sea, and air—but the land-based delivery remains the ideal means.
In fact, as of October 2017, there are over three million interstate and local truck driving jobs available in the U.S. alone and the number is still growing. Centerline Drivers says if you want to join the workforce, here are some things you need to know:
Truck driving as a profession
With the growing economy, the trucking industry is expected to grow by at least 3% in the next 10 years, according to studies. With the growth of competition, trucking companies are making sure their personnel have not only the experience but also the necessary licenses and credentials, thus, qualifying truck driving as a skilled profession.
Aside from having a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you will undergo the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program. This is to ensure not only the safety of every truck driver but also the goods they carry and also the other people on the road.
Life on the road
Depending on your assigned route, you may be spending up to 11 hours of your time behind the wheels. Interstate truck drivers usually spend longer periods away and may be required to drive at night, weekends, and holidays.
In terms of earnings, truck driving is a very rewarding job considering it’s above the average median household income across the United States. According to statistics, a driver’s average annual salary is approximately $60,000. It also depends on other factors such as state, local or interstate driving, holidays and traveling at night. The pay gets higher for routes less traverse or if you’re paid by the hour or by mileage.
These data prove that truck driving offers a stable income that lets you provide to your growing family needs. This skilled profession will continue to grow in the coming years as it becomes more stable and safer for drivers and the merchandises they bring closer to consumers.