When one thinks about the ideal job, truck driving probably does not come to mind for many. And why would it? Plagued with stereotypes, truck driving jobs have long held a reputation of being fit for hooligans, or as Charlie Brown’s nemesis Lucy was so fond of, blockheads. Contrary to popular belief, truck driving is quickly becoming a lucrative industry to be in, and more and more individuals are realizing the benefits of a career on the road.
With the baby boomer generation beginning to retire, many trucking professionals are growing worried about a forecasted national driver shortage. This is certainly not good news for the trucking companies, but great for prospective drivers; many companies will offer higher wages and increased incentives and benefits to attract employees.
One of the perks of being a trucker is you get to make your own hours. Since wages are usually allocated per mile, truck drivers can drive as long as they want (within the hours of service regulations, of course) and when they want.
A truck driving job is also a terrific way to travel and see the country. But if driving from coast to coast isn’t for you, many companies offer jobs within certain regions of the country such as the southeast or west coast divisions.
Don’t want to leave your sweetheart behind? Take them along! Many empty nesters are hitting the road in hopes of delaying retirement and earning extra cash. Companies look to hire couples because team driving allows shipments and freight to reach its given destination sooner. Some even offer additional pay for team drivers to ensure a timely arrival of the goods.
So whether you are looking to build up that retirement fund or just a creative way to see the country, a truck driving job just may be the road for you.