Are you thinking of changing or starting a new career in the truck driving industry? Now is the time due to the shortage of drivers. The shortage of drivers is having a ripple effect throughout the transportation industry. Many truck drivers are retiring and fewer drivers are entering the profession to replace them. The American Trucking Association is estimating a shortage of between 35,000 and 40,000 drivers, with new drivers entering the profession slower than older drivers are retiring. The trucking industry has plenty to offer interested candidates. Consider the following benefits listed below.
A flexible schedule is available to truck drivers. Truckers can decide between local, long distance or cross region runs. Truckers can see most of the US and enjoying the freedom while earning a competive wage. Most important, truck driving provides job security because trucking companies always need drivers.
Some truck drivers work as a team with a spouse or colleague. Working as a team gives you a opportunity to increase your wage by making long runs.
With the national shortage of drivers companies are willing to increase the pay and give bonuses. Truckers earn a median annual wage of 40,000 which is more than the median wage for all jobs. The top 10% of truck drivers make more than $58,000.00 a year.
Trucking companies may offer bonuses as well as a pay increase for certain loads carried or distance traveled. Trucking companies may also offer bonuses for a safe driving record.
After the 2008 crisis, I was able to find only part-time or commission based jobs with little to no pay. I was lucky to find out from a friend about the trucking industry, and the RTDS Trucking School based in Las Vegas. I’ve always loved cars and driving, so I thought I should give it a try.
This was the best decision I ever made in my life, PERIOD.
The school gave me great knowledge and a recommendation to a great transportation company. Now a year later, $55K/Year salary, and all the debts taken care of, I’ve never slept better in my life.