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What Does a Truck Driver Do?

If the open road inspires you and you don’t mind being alone, here’s a job to consider. Truck drivers, or tractor trailer drivers, transport cargo from one place to another, often over long distances. Depending on the job, the drivers might also unload cargo when they arrive. Truck drivers are usually in constant demand because they help keep supply chains moving. 

Truckers should expect to work odd hours – including nights and weekends. A truck driver’s hours are regulated by federal rules, but those hours can still be demanding, and truck drivers are often away from home for long periods of time.

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$ 27,000 - $ 67,000
$ 45,000
211,530+
Truck driver stands in front of cars he is transporting to a dealership
Good truck drivers are always in demand. This job is expected to grow by 5% between 2018 and 2028. (Credit: Aleksandar Malivuk/Shutterstock)
A Day In the Life
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David Parnell, truck driver ambassador, stands in front of his truck
A Day In the Life

David Pannell always wanted to be a trucker. Over the years, he’s driven many different types of vehicles and driven all over North America. 

“Trucking has always provided me with money to take care of my family, my two boys, and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about — family,” says David. 

Currently he drives a tri-axle dump truck to haul mushroom compost for his business, Cornerstone AG Organics in Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania,

He says there are lot of misconceptions about truckers, the silliest one being about how smart they are.  

“I’ve met a lot of intelligent men who left desk jobs to get behind the wheel.”

Many people are simply drawn to the open road. David was lucky enough to figure that out early in life — and he’s been trucking ever since.

Job Responsibilities
  • Drive long routes, often over state lines
  • Secure cargo and maintain its safety during transport
  • Take special precautions if transporting hazardous material
  • Report any mechanical issues with the vehicle
  • Follow all safety regulations and traffic laws
  • Log all working hours
Education + Training

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. Most drivers also take four to eight weeks of courses at a professional truck driving school or a community college. New drivers should expect to get between one and three months of on-the-job training.

A commercial driver’s license is required. Drivers who haul certain freight such as hazardous materials require a special license. Federal rules require drivers to maintain a clean driving record and pass a physical exam every two years.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Enjoy driving
  • Don’t mind being away from home
  • Can sit for long periods of time
  • Like being alone
  • Have good hand-eye coordination and quick reaction times

Truck Driver Training in Your Area

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Paris Junior College
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Arkansas State University - Newport
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