Approximately 3.5 million professional truck drivers are driving across the country right now. Those drivers moved 10.77 billion tons of freight in 2017, which was more than 70 percent of the total domestic product shipped that year.
Needless to say, truck driving is a vital part of our nation’s infrastructure and economy. Whether you’ve been a truck driver for decades or are considering entering into this exciting career, here are a few reasons why trucking is still the best job in America.
You Can Make the Job What You Want It To Be
Truck drivers have many schedules and types of work available to them. Truck drivers often have the flexibility of choosing their home base location as well.
At Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI), we offer several driver job types that can accommodate many different lifestyles. From working 4 days on/4 days off to no-touch positions, you’ll find a job you love and that fits your preferences. All drivers, regardless of type, receive excellent home time, their own dispatcher, and the potential for a consistent schedule—without long layovers.
You Can Receive Great Pay and Benefits
The 2018 median pay for truck drivers was $43,680 per year, however, driver salaries differ greatly based on location, type of haul and the driver’s own experience. On average, Dot drivers earn roughly $90,000 each year.
And payment for drivers can include much more than just the annual salary. From comprehensive medical insurance to 401(k) contributions and bonuses, truck drivers can anticipate a career that is stable and supportive, both for today and in the future.
You Can Get Started Quickly
Unlike many career paths, truck drivers do not need a college degree or long-term schooling to hit the road—though some companies prefer a high school degree or GED. Many positions require drivers to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), which can be acquired after a roughly seven-week training program. There are companies, such as DTI, that may reimburse your truck driving school tuition as well.
Once you’re employed with a company, you’ll likely go through training and orientation to ensure you’re 100 percent ready for your first day on the road. All in all, only a few months will stand between you and your prosperous career.
You Can Be Part of An In-Demand Industry
The job outlook for truck driving is bright. The employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is expected to increase by six percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Truckers truly move the U.S. forward. American Trucking Associations estimates that freight volumes will increase by 35.6 percent by 2029. By transporting the bulk of goods, truck drivers keep our nation running.
You can’t deny that truck driving is one of the most important and profitable jobs around—and it’s only getting better.
If you’re looking to be part of an exciting industry with great benefits, great values, and great things ahead, fill out the form below and join our team.
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