The New Year is a perfect time to start fresh and get those resolutions underway. With the expiration of 2015 comes the hope that 2016 will offer greater opportunities to better ourselves. Here are some of the major resolutions Americans set down every year and how a career in Professional Truck Driving can help to see them accomplished:
“In 2016, I want to change careers”
Wanting to change careers is pretty common. People can feel stagnant, underutilized, or just plain bored at their jobs. A position in the Professional Truck Driving Industry is a fresh change from positions such as retail, construction, and lawn care. Truck drivers make incredible contributions to our society, and our way of life is dependent on their work.
Every year, truck drivers are responsible for transporting America’s goods and necessities and distributing them to various stops or destinations. According to the American Trucking Associations, “68.9% of all freight tonnage is moved on the nation’s highways.” With a trucking job, you can do great things for our country with the benefits of traveling and maintaining great pay.
“In 2016, I want to travel more”
The opportunity to travel cross-country is one that truck drivers are afforded regularly. When a family in Washington state needs water from their convenient store, or when campers in Maine need to gas up before their trip, it is the responsibility of truck drivers to see that they have access to these goods and necessities.
Wake up at home on one coast and travel to the other on your next run! See rare, incredible American sights that most individuals won’t be privileged to see in their lifetimes. With a trucking job, you will have a free place to sleep on-hand, as the area behind the driver’s seat is typically dedicated to sleeping quarters.
“In 2016, I want to make more money”
Many people reserve their New Year resolutions for changing their financial situation. Some want to make more money simply because. Others want higher wages to pay off credit cards or lessen the burden of debt. Whatever the reasoning, Professional Truck Driving jobs average a salary of just under $40,000 , which can be a big help when trying to save up or tackle large bills.
The truck driver wage has steadily risen since America’s economy turned around. Now that production levels are increasing across the states, more drivers are needed to fill trucking jobs and distribute goods. This means that as a truck driver you’re in increasingly high demand! Carriers compete with other carriers through higher wages, vacation time, and better benefits to win over truck drivers.
“In 2016, I want to learn a new trade/skill set”
In order to become Professional Truck Drivers, trainees must first earn their Class A Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL). This license certifies that holders have proven to be competent and safe drivers. Training consists of a mixture of classroom-like testing and hands-on coaching behind the wheel and helps trainees to master a new trade.
While the CDL is necessary to operate a tractor-trailer for a carrier, it also opens the door for many other opportunities as a unique skill set. Class A CDL holders can work outside of over-the-road driving in positions as couriers, mechanics, bus drivers, dispatchers, and terminal managers amongst many others.
Call Roadmaster today!
Interested in the opportunities that a position in the Professional Truck Driving Industry has to offer? Want to know where you can earn your Class A Commercial Driver’s License? Contact Roadmaster today and discuss customizable options to train for your future!
*wage information provided by Werner Enterprises