The world is a changing place and in many areas people are looking for new opportunities and planning career changes. Many have gotten a taste of being out of the office and out from under the daily scrutiny of management. If there is one industry that certainly provides that, it’s trucking. As an industry, trucking also provides a great salary and the opportunity to see new places. If you’re considering a career change, read on for several reasons to become a truck driver.
The Pay Is Often Great
As with any industry, there is a wide range of pay in the trucking world, with some companies and jobs paying a great rate and others not so much. But if you are making the investment in yourself and your future, you set yourself up for the best paying runs. Much of this comes down to having a clean driving history and a clean criminal background. Walmart, for instance, requires both of these as well as having no serious violations on your record, but they pay upwards of $70,000 a year for drivers of their company-owned trucks. Additionally, for most drivers, pay rates increase as they gain greater experience with more years behind the wheel.
You Get To Manage Yourself
The biggest perk of being a truck driver can also be a drawback for many. You’re on your own a lot. You get to travel the world (or a small corner of it) and make your way without anyone looking over your shoulder. This is great for many people and personality types. It can also get a little lonely sometimes and it can be stressful since you’re in charge of the safety of your rig and of your cargo and other drivers on the road as well.
There Are Lots Of Options
Most people picture a trucking lifestyle and think of the lone figure who crisscrosses the country on his (or her) own, day and night, through any weather. That’s not the only kind of trucking there is though. Long hauls are an option, but so is local trucking and regional short hauls. The type of goods or materials you haul can also be different depending on the type of job you seek – there is greater risk when you haul something sensitive like chemicals of cement, but the pay usually increases as well.
You Don’t Have To Own Your Own Rig
There are plenty of driving jobs for people who aren’t owner-operators. Owning your own rig opens up more and often better opportunities, but not owning doesn’t mean you can’t be a trucker.
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