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What Does a Truck Driver Do?

If you are inspired by the open road and the idea of working independently, here’s a job to consider.

Truck drivers — also known as truckers, tractor trailer drivers, long-haul drivers and over-the-road (OTR) drivers — transport cargo from one place to another, typically over long distances. They drive the iconic big rigs. 

Unlike many other careers, long-haul driving isn’t simply a job; it’s a lifestyle. Truckers are often away from home for long periods of time, especially in the early years of their career. They see many parts of North America that others only dream of. That’s one of the reasons people are drawn to this line of work. But being on the road all the time isn’t for everyone. 

Truck drivers are in constant demand because they help keep supply chains moving. The pandemic emphasized that fact, making this one of the most secure jobs around. 

If this sounds like a good fit for you, keep reading to learn more.

Truck driver stands in front of cars he is transporting to a dealership
Skilled truck drivers are always in demand. This job is expected to grow by 4% between 2021 and 2031. (Credit: Aleksandar Malivuk/Shutterstock)


  • Inspect vehicle
  • 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
  • Some drivers also help unload cargo

How To Become a Truck Driver: FAQs

The bottom line:

Long-haul drivers can expect to earn a solid paycheck after a short training period. Training is also affordable — a far cry from the debt of earning a four-year degree. Although the trucker lifestyle isn’t for everyone, for those who crave independence and the open road, it’s a secure job that provides a good life. If this sounds like you, check out SkillPointe’s training options near you.

David Parnell, truck driver ambassador, stands in front of his truck

What is it like to be a truck driver?

David Pannell has driven many different types of vehicles all over North America. 

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

He says there are a lot of misconceptions about truckers, including how smart they are.  

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

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

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