Although astronaut is probably the most common dream job amongst children, as people grow older, more and more start to become interested in life as a trucker. Being a truck driver has many advantages and it’s no surprise that more and more people are joining the industry. Here are just a few of the reasons to consider joining them.
Truckers are always in demand, especially well-training truckers with experience behind the wheel. In today’s economic climate that accounts for a lot. Experienced truck drivers can earn more than $100,000 annually, and the starting salary is well above that in most readily available careers.
A chance to see America
America’s a big country, and most of us see so little of it. Being a trucker gives you a chance to travel the country, exploring parts of it you might otherwise have never considered. As a truck driver, you will have the opportunity to see the world in a way that few people ever get to experience.
Jobs throughout the Country
Unlike IT jobs, which are highly concentrated in areas like Silicon Valley, or advertising jobs which are best found on Madison Avenue, trucking jobs are available throughout the country. So, if you suddenly have to move state, you’ll be in a good position to find another job.
Flexibility and Freedom
Although goods have to be delivered by deadlines, for the most part it’s just you and the open road. You can listen to the radio, an audio book, or some music. Although you’re working, you will be in a lot more control of your time than most other people. This sense of freedom is what drives many people to explore the opportunities offered in the transportation industry.
Truckers stick together. Few people realize the bonding and community that come with trucking life, but it’s definitely a major attraction and one of the main reason so many people end up staying in the profession. Throughout the country you will find diners and bars aimed at truckers where you’ll be able to meet others in the industry. And then of course there’s the online world where there are plenty of forums and websites where you’ll find other truck drivers discussing all of the most important issues of the day.
Many trucking jobs come complete with health insurance, retirement plans, and other perks and benefits. Not only that, but many companies also have flexible shifts allowing you to organize you work around your life and family – something that’s definitely a welcomed bonus.
Becoming a trucker is more than just another job. For many it’s a long-term career and a way of life.
This blog post was authored by part-time trucker and full-time food blogger, David, who writes for FoodBloggers.com.