Which trucking jobs are the best fit for you? Whether you're new to the industry or you're ready to transition into a new position, take a look at the questions to ask before you search the Internet for CDL driver jobs.
Where Do You Want To Work?
Do you want to stay within your local community/city, drive across the state, transport cargo across the country, or move to a new area? The answer to this question will help you to choose a geographic starting point. If you want to stay local or drive an over-the-road job that starts from a hub in your city, you already know where to focus the search. But if you're willing to relocate you can (and should) search for jobs that are not in your local area.
How Much Money Do You Want To Make?
Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers earned an average of $48,310 per year in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This salary stat represents the median income for drivers in all U.S. cities in all types of heavy truck or tractor-trailer types of jobs. New drivers with little to know professional experience may not make as much as the 2021 salary average, while seasoned drivers could make significantly more.
The amount of money you make also depends on your geographic location, the company you choose to work for, and the type of driving position you want. Before you start your job search, review your current finances. Look at your expenses and savings. If you're barely making ends meet right now, you will need a job that pays a higher wage than your current position. Drivers who are used to a higher salary may need to cross some jobs off their list to maintain their current lifestyle.
How Much Physical Labor Is Acceptable?
A truck driving job doesn't always only include motor vehicle operation. Some delivery drivers, construction vehicle operators, waste/recycling truck drivers, and other similar CDL pros may need to lift, carry, or physically move products and other materials. If you can't or don't want to engage in manual labor, search for jobs that allow you to stay in your truck while you're at work.
How Much Interpersonal Interaction Do You Want?
Are you a people person? If you crave interpersonal interaction, an over-the-road position isn't the best option. This type of job may leave you alone for hours on end. But if you're shy, solitary, or just prefer your own company, a long-haul position could meet your needs.Share