How Do I Know if I Want to Be a Truck Driver?
Posted on February 22, 2018
Written by Jessica Holtsberry
Do you want a career that is both stable and flexible? A career where you’re respected by others across the country? Have you considered a career as a truck driver?
Professional truck drivers agree—being a truck driver isn’t just a career, it’s a lifestyle.
Some pursue trucking because a relative or friend has built a successful career in the industry, while others have a passion for travel. If you’re drawn to the independence of travel, quiet hours and big equipment, trucking may be a fulfilling career for you. Let’s look at a few common perks truck drivers say are the reasons they love their careers.
Truck Driver Benefits and Perks
While some drivers cite stationary lifestyles and long periods away from home as disadvantages to driving professionally, many note the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.
Here are four top advantages to a career in trucking:
1. Competitive Salary
A CDL driver salary is based on a variety of factors. Wages for truck drivers are normally paid per mile and can vary depending on:
- Load materials
The median annual trucking salary is $41,340, which equates to $19.87 per hour.1 It’s important to note that traffic jams, road blocks, and slow or negligent loading dock workers can potentially cause delays on a driver’s route and ultimately impact hourly wage. To combat this, many truck drivers prepare an alternate route to ensure their hourly wage is not affected by unforeseen delays.
Likewise, some companies offer incentives or bonuses for drivers with the most mileage. Many drivers provide a comfortable life for themselves and their family on a trucking salary.
2. Ability to Travel
Did you know truck drivers are on the road for up to 300 days per year? For individuals who want the opportunity to visit new places and see a variety of landscapes, trucking provides a unique way to travel across America and perhaps even parts of Canada.
It might sound obvious, but the truth is—truck drivers spend about 95% of their waking time driving. Typical drivers cover 2,000 to 3,000 miles per week, which equates to 70 hours over eight days.2 This is a great opportunity to see new places, as some individuals will drive across the country and back in a single week.
3. Job Opportunities
In 2014, there were over 1.7 million tractor trailer truck drivers employed in the United States.1 As the economy improves, more drivers will be required to keep the country’s delivery systems and supply chains running smoothly.
Employment is expected to increase 5% by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is as fast as average when compared to all occupations.
4. Flexibility & Independence
For some, a traditional 9-to-5 work schedule can feel limiting. A career in trucking can be a great way for individuals with independent spirits to hit the open road.
Of course, there are rules and deadlines for any delivery, but many drivers have the freedom to decide if they want to drive through the night or cover ground during daylight hours.
Earn Your CDL Certification from Ohio Business College
Not only do students experience an intense, interactive education at OBC, but they also receive real-world skills and the help necessary to find a job upon graduation. Our family atmosphere supports and encourages students while fostering a community that remembers your name.
In OBC’s accelerated, short-term trucking program, students can jumpstart their trucking career. OBC’s Truck Driving Academy offers a CDL Class A Certification training program.
Ohio Business College’s dedicated Trucking Career Services team works with students to help find the opportunities that await. Our team:
- Offers maximum efforts to ensure graduates are placed with high-quality carriers
- Works with national, regional, and local employment agencies and recruiters
- Maintains constant contact with private and contract trucking firms
- Provides financing options to students who qualify
At OBC, your professional success is our top priority. Learn more about Ohio Business College’s Trucking Career Services.
Ready to unlock the door to the profession you’ve always wanted? Discover the training you need to begin your trucking career at Ohio Business College’s Truck Driving Academy.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm. Visited August 13, 2017.
2 AllTrucking.com. FAQs. “Truck Driving Per Mile Salary.” http://www.alltrucking.com/faq/per-mile-trucking-salary/. Visited August 13, 2017.