Advantages of Trucking Jobs

There are many advantages of becoming a truck driver. Some of those advantages however have side of affects which are disadvantages for others. Take what is stated and apply it to your unique situation to make sure the advantages listed are not cancelled out by its negative side effects.  This will depend on your specific situation.

Here's my top 6 that anyone can agree with...

  • You don't burn gas (pay) going to work each day
  • You don't have to keep buying new work clothes to outshine your co workers!
  • You can listen to podcasts/radio/CDs all day at work if you want to (and even sing along! lol)
  • You will always have a job if you take care of your license
  • You get to see parts of the country that you would normally NEVER go to!
  • You can stack serious money if you keep your expenses down.

Think about how much money you spend being home with a job.  You drive to work each day at a 9 to 5!  That is just one trucking job advantage but it can be huge these days. You'll need clothes for that job.  You'll need a place to stay with electricity and it's the SAME exact schedule every single day.

For anyone living in rural or inner city or who doesn't get a chance to travel, trucking can be a huge plus for you to get out and see the country!  AND get paid!  Crazy.

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Again, you will need to pay attention to the details to better determine how to take advantage of the pros of the trucking lifestyle.  

You will have to determine if they are relevant to your situation or actually a con for you.

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Getting paid to travel the country trucking

It is important to understand that find this in a trucking job will vary from company to company.  As a new trucker driver you will likely be over the road but your trucking company could specialize in certain parts of the country and not go to other areas much.

So as you can see, the title could be misleading if you assume that at all trucking companies this traveling to new places and having extra free time is equal.

Also, you don't always have time to actually spend time at each place you want to at the time that you want when out on the road.  However, you can plan sometimes and make it happen.

For me the best part of trucking was discovering and exploring unknown small towns and beautiful places mostly in passing.  But I did plan and stop in some wonderful places. 

Ex.  Downtown New Orleans, Vegas, LA, Grand Canyon

Trucking jobs that pay you to exercise

For you lazy drivers, don't let this scare you.  Most trucking companies don't require you to load or unload.

This is for truck drivers who want a trucking job that will help you stay in shape.

Looking for trucking jobs will multiple stops will help you find this type of job.  Furniture delivery has many of these jobs.  JB Hunt and Werner will have a lot of those as well.  If you can though, you want to get your CDL first then go to those companies.  (Find out why on the page Ways to get your CDL

I hauled furniture at my last trucking job.  Several stops of unloading furniture several days a week helped me stay fit and in shape


The peace and quite as an OTR truck driver give you time to reflect and think.  Here is what is so wonderful about this type of employment as opposed to regular jobs.

  • No gossip
  • No intercom blasting
  • No one micromanaging you (lol, depends on the company)
  • No one watching you telling you that's not how we do it
  • No one talking to you while you are thinking
  • You completely control your environment when driving
  • No hating because you take pride in your job performance
  • No managers feeling threaten by your ability to do their job better

Life as a trucker is for the person who loves being with him or herself and don't need a human interaction constantly.  If you do need high amount of human interaction to the extent that you hate to be alone, trucking life is not for you.  If you thrive and get energy from other people trucking is not for you.

Furthermore, you can create your own environment.  I like to listen to personal development CDs.  I created my own and you can get a copy.

Better than average pay

Compared to other entry level jobs and how long it takes to increase your pay, trucking jobs can't be matched.  Factory jobs will rarely pay you more than $35,000 after a year.  It is possible to start off trucking at $35,000 fairly easily.  In a year $45,000 is fairly easy.

The average pay of a trucking job is $48,000 and will likely rise.  Now understand that this is an average.  The salary span for truckers is from $25,000 to upwards of $80,000 if you specialize in what you haul

All trucking jobs are not created the same.  In order to get the best paying trucking jobs

  • Take care of your license
  • Don't get log book violations
  • Take care of your health
  • Have great work ethic

To get a trucking job you don't need a degree.  You need a Class A CDL.  This can take 1 to 3 months depending on the method you choose to get your CDL.

Job Security

Although the employment rate is up, it is still easy for something to cause a disruption in employment.  A local manufacturer that I that I am familiar with up the street from where I live, hires a lot of people in October and typically in February begins to lay people off.

This type of thing doesn't happen in trucking. I know there is some talk about autonomous trucks.  Lol.  Yeah.  Well I an sure they will at some point have some of those on the road going from city to city on the highway, I don't see there not being a driver at all in the truck.  There will always be drivers needed.

Currently and for the next 20yrs, you can get a great trucking job and not have to worry about getting laid off except on rare occasion at under performing trucking companies.  The better the trucking company, the more benefits it typically has.

Trucking Job Benefits

You might guess the benefits vary greatly from trucking company to trucking company.  The better the company the more benefits it has.

Here are some standard benefits that you can expect at trucking companies..

  • Medical/Dental Insurance
  • Retirement options
  • Advance on pay
  • Time off
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Free training

Smaller niche companies might also have higher benefits and lower pay or higher pay with lower benefits.  You have to check and ask questions.

Easy to Qualify

By easy to qualify I mean, in less than 3 months you can have a CDL and for $7,000 or less if you do it right.  There are many options for getting your CDL.  The choice you make will affect the cost and the yearly salary you earn.  Learn more about that at CDL Training Options

Summary of Advantages

To realize most of these advantages that trucking offer you have to handle job the right way to make trucking a successful career.  You need the right attitude and perform in a professional manner.

By doing that you will be able to get the best types of trucking jobs.  I will describe you to here how to be the type of professional trucker that can go to the best trucking company and get the best trucking job.

What Makes a Professional Driver

Comment Below -  What do you see that you might light the most about trucking and what questions to you have?

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