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Commercial Truck Driver

Career Highlights

  • Deliver freight locally or nationally
  • Most trucks are equipped with comfortable cabs
  • New technology helps truck drivers

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Career Summary

Commercial truck drivers provide door-to-door and business-to-business deliveries, transporting consumer goods from one state to another. Although most consumer products often travel by ship or airplane, nearly all goods experience at least some time on a truck before they reach consumers.

Truck drivers start each run by performing a general inspection of their vehicle before leaving a terminal or warehouse. They also determine the best route to the destination and plan their trip accordingly. Delivery times vary with different types of merchandise and destinations. Local drivers may follow a consistent, daily route, and are generally able to return home each evening, while state-to-state deliveries may vary from day to day.

As trucks have become better equipped with comfortable seats, efficient ventilation and ergonomically designed cabs, the physical demands involved with truck driving have decreased. With changes in new technologies, truck drivers -- particularly interstate truck drivers -- are experiencing changes in the industry. Computerized inventory tacking devices allow manufactures and customers to monitor the product�s location, thus maintaining high levels of cost effectiveness and service quality. This not only provides accountability, but it also ensures that a commercial truck driver cannot be blamed for situations out of their control, such as weather conditions.

Trucking education, employment

Truck drivers usually require a certificate from a truck driving school, where they master driving large trucks, proper ways to back them up, and other rules of the road that are specific to truck drivers. They also must have special drivers� licenses to legally drive a large truck.

Many truck drivers work for trucking companies. Trucking companies are usually large organizations that own numerous trucks and hire professional drivers to make deliveries. In these cases truckers are paid a base rate and a certain amount per mile traveled. However some truck drivers purchase their own trucks and contract out to different trucking companies. This allows them to get a higher income, but they are also in charge of maintaining their own truck and equipment if it fails.

Truck driving is a career that allows you to see new places, meet new people, and to play an important role in maintaining our country�s industrial needs.

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Salary

$31000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Automotive Service Technician And Driving

Career Skills

  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Active Listening
  • Time Management
  • Coordination
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Troubleshooting
  • Critical Thinking

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