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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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Median Salary $
45,000
Jobs Available
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)
Duties + 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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Commercial Driver's License

Midlands Technical College
West Columbia (0.0 Miles)

Truck Driver I

CET-Soledad
(0.0 Miles)
Central Community College logo

Truck Driving Certificate

Central Community College
Grand Island (0.0 Miles)

CDL/Heavy Truck Operations Unrestricted

Ilisagvik College
Utqiaġvik (0.0 Miles)
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Commercial Vehicle Operator A Class Continuing Education Certificate

Community College of Baltimore County
Baltimore (0.0 Miles)

Truck Driver Training Certificate

Davidson County Community College
Thomasville (0.0 Miles)
Lincoln Land Community College

Truck Driver Training CDL Basic Certificate of Completion

Lincoln Land Community College
Springfield (0.0 Miles)

Professional Truck Driving License

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Orangeburg (0.0 Miles)

CDL-A Truck Driving Career Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (NE)
Omaha (0.0 Miles)

Truck Driving Technical Diploma

Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire (0.0 Miles)

Truck Driving License

Seward County Community College
Liberal (0.0 Miles)

Truck Driving Certificate

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
David Pannell
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David Parnell, truck driver ambassador, stands in front of his truck
Meet Ambassador
David Pannell

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.

Find Truck Driver Jobs in Your Area

Coordinates

Seasonal DOT Operations Support (Crystal, ND)

Simplot
Crystal ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 days 3 hours ago

CDL Class A Delivery Truck Driver

Kehe Food Distributors
Neenah ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Local Truck Driver

J.B. Hunt
Toledo ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 weeks ago

Truck Driver Class A Home Daily, No Touch, and Guarantee Pay

Ryder System
Hebron ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Class A or B CDL Local Delivery HazMat Truck Driver

Poolcorp
Berea ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 2 days ago

Auto Parts Delivery Driver (Full-Time)

AutoZone, Inc.
Brigham City ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

CDL A Driver 4 On/ 4 Off

Bulkmatic Transport
Birmingham ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Truck Driver / Home Daily / $3,000 in Bonuses

XPO Logistics
Orange ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 7 months 1 week ago