Advantages of Becoming a Truck Driver
When looking for a job, you might want to take into consideration trucking. As a growing industry, there are lots of benefits to becoming a truck driver and we gathered a list of them here:
You get paid to travel: Depending on the company you work for, you may have some time to stop and explore new areas. You can plan out your trips in advance and leave extra time for some of the fun things in the area to do. You have the chance to see new places while working. Traveling provides you with the opportunity to learn.
You can get away: Time on the road means time for reflection. You can listen to audio books or self improvement podcasts. You can expand your mind in various ways and take time to think about your past, present, and future. Take this time to think and have some quality alone time. It’s rare in a busy life to have moments like this!
Job security: There is always a need for drivers and there is currently a shortage. Truckers are very important whether they transport raw materials to factories and companies or finished products out into the markets. Like any industry, things may slow down, but a good driver is always valuable.
Great pay and benefits: There are different factors into how much a driver gets paid (type of equipment, where the company runs, how much experience the driver has…), but it is estimated that a new company driver in 2016 will make anywhere from $20,000 to $45,000 and a driver with one years experience can make from $40,000 to $55,000 a year.
Work Flexibility: This job allows you to move and take some time off. Say you want to continue your career in a new state? Chances are the same company will be in the new area or a new one will be willing to hire you with your experience. Most companies recognize that drivers need time off and are willing to work that in. Some will be more flexible than others.
Exercise: Unloading and loading trucks is a lot of work! This is a great form of exercise. With some companies, you can choose if you want to be part of the loading/unloading or not. Let them know if you’re interested and get in your workout for the day. Take some walk breaks on your stops if the physical lifting doesn’t work for you.