Trucking is not an easy job. But, no job worth doing is. Although drivers do have some control over their schedule, for most it does mean extended time away from home and family. It is possible to take jobs that will have a driver home every weekend or, with local companies, every night but frequently, those jobs don’t pay as well as the long haul jobs do.
There are a lot of great reasons to become a truck driver, though, which for many people out way the “negatives”. First and foremost is excellent earning potential. The average first-year trucker will earn around $35,000. Pay increases with experience and it’s typical to reach an average of $45,000-$50,000 within a few years. The highest earners are those with years of experience and are owner-operators with their own trucks. Many will earn over $100,000 a year. There are few professions that have this kind or potential.
One amazing aspect of being a trucker is the community that is developed among fellow truckers. Drivers know that they are doing a job that is vital to our nation’s economy. Over three quarters of our nations products are delivered by truck. Because truckers know that what they are doing is important, and that all of them share the same challenges, there is a tremendous bond that is developed. It is not at all uncommon to develop strong relationships with other drivers, especially if they drive the same routes frequently.
While these are all good reasons, many truckers say that one of their main reasons for becoming a trucker is the ability to see all parts of the country. Trucking gives the opportunity to explore America in ways that few other people ever have. There are trucking routes that go near almost every major landmark or State Park in the country so if you’ve never seen Yellow Stone, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, or Mt. Rushmore, becoming a trucker might be the chance you’ve been looking for.
If you think that becoming a trucker will bring the rewards you are looking for in a professions, the first step is to find a truck driving school. Nearly every major city in the country has at least one school, so chances are you can find one near you.