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Why Truck Driving?
Why would you choose trucking for your new career? Commercial truck driving is an in-demand profession that literally keeps America’s economy moving.
Though a career in trucking—especially long-haul trucking—is not an easy lifestyle, it can pay quite well even in your first year and has a solid job outlook in the short term and long term. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job prospects for qualified truck drivers is expected to be very good. Demand is high from trucking companies, and many truck drivers are expected to retire, leading to more job openings that need to be filled. The truck driver shortage in parts of the country has led many employers to start offering sign-on bonuses and paid training, often partnering with schools to help fill vacancies in the trucking workforce. No matter what region in the country you live in, odds are there will be transportation companies that are hiring drivers based in your area.
Truck driving can also be a well-paying job, and one that doesn’t require a degree to start. The BLS reports that the median annual pay for heavy and tractor-trailer drivers in the transportation industry was $46,370 (as of May 2019).
Truck drivers who rack up a year or two of experience with a clean record can have their choice of high-paying job offers. Top earners can make more than $66,840 (BLS), with highly specialized and qualified drivers able to earn more in certain positions.