Truck Driver

Truck drivers operate vehicles such as vans and trucks often for the purpose of transporting cargo to businesses such as stores factories warehouses or hospitals. The loads they carry can include raw materials finished goods or even chemicals or other hazardous materials. According to the website some truck drivers work locally driving in 8- to 10-hour shifts and returning home every night. However others do long-haul trips and are often away from home. Long-haul drivers usually enjoy financial advantages over local truck drivers. Over-the-road (OTR) truck drivers travel cross-country and often carry heavier loads than local truck drivers who make deliveries within a metropolitan area. When they drive trucks that carry loads of over 26000 pounds truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) which they can obtain after completing a course of training at special driving schools. According to the website beginning truck drivers often start out riding as an extra driver who takes over if the main truck driver needs a break. Later they become regular drivers and eventually if they so desire they drive long-distance routes. Long distance truck drivers must keep logs pass inspections along the way be well-versed in how to safely load and unload cargo and make sure customers sign a bill of laden upon delivery. Professional truck drivers must be bonded because their cargo often has a high monetary value. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics truck drivers earn an hourly wage ranging from approximately $7.25 to $26.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $34580
High Salary: $54080
Low Salary: $15080
Tasks: Transports products and goods from one location to another.
Loads and unloads their truck.
Knows how to drive in all types of conditions.
Maintains a trucking log.
Also Called: Commercial Driver
Long Haul Driver
Product Transporter
Industrial Driver
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