Trucking driving jobs still make an excellent career choice in 2018 despite the talk of autonomous trucks? Truckers are still in high demand and will be for at least decades to come.
Safe, healthy, skilled drivers will always be in demand and can not be 100% replaced by self driving trucks.
Trucking companies increase pay and bonuses in 2017. Freight rates are up 1st quarter in 2018 and the year is expected to be an even better year the the trucking industry.
You can be trucking on your own in less than 6 months. But first do a little research so that you make choices that are compatible for your situation.
Truck drivers are skilled professionals. The more experience you have the better your skills behind the wheel will be but you can start right away with the right mindset and attitude about how you perform your job and safety! Guess what, that will help your job security pay!
There is a certain attitude, work ethic needed but also basic problem solving ability. You have to think about what you are doing and what other drivers are doing. (Drive defensively is another way of saying it)
But here is another example of problem solving mindset needed...
Senario: GPS says to turn on this narrow street. It looks suspect. Branches over the road, residential area, etc.....Do you...
Ideally, you would have taken a look at the directions prior to going, during your trip planning, even if you use a GPS. Googling it or zooming in on GPS to see if the last turn is the right address helps. Calling the shipper/receiver in advance to compare directions could avoid a lot of trouble too. Main thing though, is don't be so committed to the GPS directions.
Always look down street for low clearances, hanging branches, wires, etc. If the street looks suspect you shouldn't take the chance. Find somewhere to park and call the shipper/receiver to verify the correct directions.
There will be different things that comes up requiring you to actually think and pay attention to details. This is one example but relax, this stuff is not rocket science. Just pay attention and think a little. If you're here reading all of this, you can handle it just fine!
Truck driving jobs are here to stay. No matter how bad the
economy gets you can be sure trucking companies are hiring all around
the country. Many truckers were laid off or let go at the height of the
recession but trucking companies are hiring again
because manufacturers and distribution centers are busy again.
I don't expect the economy to reach full potential for a while in fact I think there will continue to be ups and downs. However, I think the truck driving jobs will continue to grow especially since the new CSA 2010 rules and regs hit. I think a lot of older drivers will get out and a lot of bad truckers will be forced out.(but what do i know! :-)
Update: 7 years later.... This did happen a lot. A lot of companies went under a lot of bad and unhealthy truckers are out. This continues to evolve today.
So.... truck driving is still a great career for the right qualified person as there will be plenty of openings and options to specialize after getting experience.
If you search for 2018 outlook for trucking you will see article after article about the positive expectations for trucking jobs.
The most common trucking job that you are likely to start off with is pulling a dry van over the road. Those are the plain box trailers that you see most often being pulled down the highway by a big truck. It is the cheapest freight to haul and usually requires no special attention unless placarded. This means the average pay is normally the lowest pay for truckers naturally though, it is where most drivers begin their careers.
Notice I said "over the road." That is because as a new trucker,
over the road for 3 or 4 weeks at a time is most likely how you will
start your career. Despite what your person of contact at the company
might have told you during the first conversation. You must ask correctly.
(ask, "Can I drive local/regional/etc as a new driver?", not "Do you have local or regional positions?" That will give you the specific answer you want. Or at least it will force them to either be truthful or flat out lie.)
Now you can possibly start with other types of trucking jobs that won't keep you out like that. It varies among trucking companies. Small or medium sized trucking companies or those hauling freight from a local manufacturer or distribution center that sends trucks out and gets drivers back in to do it again is where I have found the most success.
These obviously are not as easy to find or get hired at for a new driver but they exists. (Experienced drivers take a lot of these jobs.)
These jobs can be...
Just to reiterate....
Some of you have been told that you would be able to find a local
straight out of trucking school. You probably got information from a
recruiter at a trucking school or trucking company when you called a number on a flyer or in a newspaper.
For the most part it could be an exaggeration. It is
highly unlikely that you will find a local trucking job right out of
truck driving school.(Not impossible)
Those jobs are quickly filled by experienced drivers wanting to come off the road and you are stuck with those OTR (over the road) jobs that they left.
The easiest or quickest way you will get a trucking job fresh out
of school is with one of the larger carriers that most other folks go
to right out of school. It is not the only trucking company that will hire you just the quickest.
Again, it's not impossible to find other a local trucking jobs or trucking companies that will run you back in every weekend. Especially if you live in a large city or one with a lot of manufacturing.
I just don't want you to based your entire decision to spend the money for trucking school on the idea that you will definitely find a local trucking job or dedicated route if you have not gotten that position guaranteed to you by the trucking company itself in writing.
Check if there are local jobs in your area right here.
better higher paying truck driving jobs are usually with
companies that make or sell their own products and have their own trucks
and hire their own drivers. Sherwin Williams, Wal-Mart, Poly Corp,
To get these truck driving jobs you will usually need experience of at least 1 year (up to 3 is not unusual) and a clean driving record. That's why you will always hear me tell new drivers to try and keep your driving record and in the best standing as possible. Otherwise you will not get these high paying trucking jobs.
Some of you will love your first trucking job just fine. It all depends on how well the trucking company is operated, the location in reference to your residence, the specific driver's needs and the relationship with office personnel. Oh and the competency of office personnel.
Generally speaking though, you will find your better and highest paying trucking jobs at the types of companies I mentioned earlier or at the one you are at after getting your experience and you prove yourself. You shouldn't be surprised that if while you are there, you prove yourself to be an asset to the company and not a liability they will want to make you happy and keep you. (Again if the trucking company is well ran)
For an even higher paying trucking job, you would need to specialize, which you would need experience for. (Heavy equipment, high value freight, military, etc)
When and if you do get into trucking, you want to take pride in your job performance and represent your company well. Your history will go with you and open doors or keep them shut.
If you take pride in being a professional trucker you will have a career. If you don't, you will always have a job and not a career because you won't be able to go to the best trucking companies.
Here are some tips to make trucking a career and not just a job.
You probably notice by now, there are many different types of truck driving jobs.
The type of trucking job you have will help determine how long you
stay out, whether you touch the freight or not, how much your paid, the
benefits, home time and probably other factors that don't come to mind
I already told you that it is likely you will get the most common
trucking job straight out of trucking school. the biggest reason that I
want you to look at the types of trucking jobs though is to know what
your shooting for after getting experience. Plus there are a few more
options to you right now as a new trucker such as refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and even moving company. For more details on those types of jobs, there is a link below. But first...if the information on this page helped you, please like and share it. Thanks, it helps me to keep updating the website!
Here is a list of the different types of truck driving jobs
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Liberty Logistics, Doraville Georgia
I would rate this company as a "9" !! The company really cares about their employees ! Their is no forced dispatching and they really keep you moving …
Silver Transportation - We give you that 2nd Chance !
Silver Transportation is a Logistics company located in Lilburn Georgia. We are a great company that really helps Truck Drivers that were victims of bad …
Us Xpress Review
I will give US Express a 7 just to be fair. Honestly I never had any issues working for them fresh out of school came on. I went thru 4 trainers. They …
Over 1 million safe miles. Expd in OTR, Regional and heavy hauling
9. I've got over a million safe miles. About to be 33 and the company I work for is about to shut the doors. I need a job. In based out of Snyder Tx. Email …
I would give the company 8 or 9. Depending what terminal you work out of. Its all ltl frieght, home every night. Slow times they need to layoff …
Sammons Trucking has supported me in what I do. I made the most money as a contractor that I have ever made in 19 years. I would give them a 9.8 because …
Western Motor Freight (in Anaconda, mt
I worked for these guys, there main problem is there really money hungry and i mean money hungry so hungry that they take it from there drivers. My second …
looking for work
I drove back in the 80's and then I got into construction since then I ended up with two felony drug conviction the last one is two years old and I went …
I give CR England an 8
Well it depends on what account you are assisnged to and what dispatcher you have....when you get your frieght. My beef with them is that they hurry you …
***** 9.5 No company is perfect, but this is as good as it gets! A good driver can make over $100 k a year here, plus the best benefits and pension in …
September 1, 2010 - 2011 Best Trucking Fleets to Drive
The Truckload Carriers Association publishes an annual list of the best carriers to work for. It is not easy to make this list. So, the rub is it works …
List of companies that may hire felons
Type in cargo services -(cargo searches) in you area through this business page search .To find smaller business dont know if it will work but you may …
Heyl treats their employees like dirt. I have been ripped out of bonuses and have had trip packs disappear...never to be seen again. I went into the …
Very good company with strong support for their drivers. No slip seating, new truck assigned after 1 year of service. The only area that they could improve …
aronld transportation service camp hill, PA /US fxpress
do not care how you log they have a total disregaud on being legal just move the freight. if you can't run hot and show it legal don't consider this company. …
CR England will give you a chance
Well I am IC for this compony for now til I get my time in I hope it goes by fast I dont get much home time due to living in northen state's. My DM …
Saturn Transportation Inc.
They are great - they pay 90% of all loads and Im always running - never stranded Miami, FL 786-991-5034 - www.saturntransportationinc.vpweb.com
Owner Op Feedback on Forward air
I give forward air a 8.I believe no company is perfect.This is a goo d company that has been affected by the economy.It's terminal to terminal drop and …
Tyson the pork group
They would be about a 7 because of their great pay.
8 out of 10 They insist on drivers driving legal and will adjust schedules as necessary to make a legal run possible. Many driving options available …
MAY TRUCKING COMPANY
I HAVE WORKED FOR MAY TRUCKING COMPANY FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS AND MY BUDDY HAS BEEN HERE FOR 10 YEARS AND HIS UNCLE HAS BEEN HERE FOR 20 YEARS. THIS IS THE …
Starting trucking at CR ENGLAND
Hello all. Well I am reporting from the house. My Husband (love of my life) left Saturday to go to CR England by bus. Don't get me started on how bad …
May Trucking Company
Do you know if May Trucking is a good company to work for?
1 the treat their drivers like the are no one and like they dont care bout anyone but their trainers cause they make big profits off them and the students …
R&C Transportation LLC,
i rate this company as a 0, but, a 1, being i have to go from 1 to 10 ,they treat there drivers the worst run there drivers illegal, if ya let them ,lie …
Liberty Logistics, Doraville Georgia Not rated yet
WOW $.95 CPM for all miles driven !!! Dry-van Driver 2015 or Newer Freightliner Cascadia (Manual) Great Flexible home time !! Awesome Dispatchers …
Alliance Transportation Regional and OTR Drivers Needed Not rated yet
We are family run, and small enough that you are not a number but a person! We are looking for dependable drivers residing in the Southeastern, Midwestern …
Driving for walmart Not rated yet
7 it is a good pace to work and is always looking/checking in to make sure you're okay on the road.
YRC Not rated yet
Eastway Trans Corp Not rated yet
I give Eastway an 8.5. They are a small company, so they treat you like family. They know you by name and are willing to go out of the way to help you. …
App for owner operator - NextTrucking Not rated yet
I am an owner/operator, so I am able to find my own jobs through Next Trucking! It's a new technology in the trucking industry, and I really think it is …
Persevere Transportation (exp car hauler needed) Not rated yet
Gentleman and Ladies, I currently work for these guys and they are good honest individuals. They have been very fair towards me and my needs. The owners …
US Xpress Not rated yet
FTC Transportation Inc. Oklahoma City, Ok "Best Fleet to Drive For" Winners 2013-2015 Not rated yet
Rate them as a 9Award winners For "Best Fleet to Drive For" in 2013,2014 and 2015 also awarded "Safest Small Fleet in the Nation" for 2015 by TCA. …
Precon Marine, Inc Not rated yet
8- Great company to work for. Brand new Trucks, regional work, pay is great. they are hiring now for flatbed truckers!
Buchanan Hauling Not rated yet
They have a wonderful family atmosphere and stand by their word. Great over all company to work for ran by a man who was a truck driver for years and built …
Scs trucking Not rated yet
Only day cabs and home daily. Mostly local and some long haul 250 miles each way. I'd say about an 8 I think he, Sheldon, is looking to find drivers …
Industrial Drayage Not rated yet
Industrial Drayage is a San Francisco Bay Area family owned business. I spend each night in my own bed and the family treats all of us like their family. …
If you are ready to haul... Not rated yet
If you are looking for real work...touch free frieght... full benefits... over $4000 sign on bonus... state of the art modern equipment.... and too much …
G & S Transportation Not rated yet
I have to give G & S Transportation a 10. It is more like a family than a company. They have been family owned and operated in Murfreesboro, TN since 2001. …
Midwest Coast Trucking (MCT) Not rated yet
At the present time, at 7. The Company just absorbed Willis Shaw Express (WSE). Although the transition should have been completed by 01/01/2014, there …
Green Petes Green Western Stars (QIL) Not rated yet
I would give them a 4-. They claim to be a regional co. but every driver is dedicated to a lane. Drivers are given loads that are over weight and given …
FASTPORT, LLC Not rated yet
I would say a 9 or 10. Technically I don't work for FASTPORT, but it's a company that looks out for drivers. I called in and they helped find me a job …
marten transport Not rated yet
7 i would rate it. we haul refers and the equipment is great the pay isnt bad, could always be better. we have a number of terminials and drop yards, …
Eclipse Transervices Corporation Not rated yet
10 This company is based in Beatrice, Nebraska but handles dry bulk products in grain hoppers and end dumps all over the country. good rates and quick …
Morgan McLernon Not rated yet
10. Great company to work for, excellent!
Indian Creek Logistics Not rated yet
Hard working people...Lazy people looking for a free ride need not apply. They have taken care of me and my family for years...even after I retired if …
tran tect Not rated yet
kiewit construction Not rated yet
there rating 00000, im the #1 driver at this company , its local were ever the job is , its extreme heavy haul but at this company a driver is a no body …
Vogt Relocation Not rated yet
On their way to becoming Madison's #1 local moving company and a well known / respected freight moving company. They are always hiring drivers and have …
Performance Food Group Not rated yet
forward air Not rated yet
i give FORWARD AIR A 9 the weak link with forward air is the mentality of dispatchers.the job is the best ive had in all my 33 years of trucking. but …
benny whitehead Not rated yet
i hope this company goes on its a very good one
bhd trucking Not rated yet
8would be about right
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