The job market is hot, and you have options. Whether you have considered it before or not, professional truck driving as an owner-operator or with a carrier might be a great professional fit for you. Approximately 3.5 million truck drivers work behind the wheel, keeping the country rolling by moving goods from point A to point B.
Below are five reasons that driving a truck – either as an owner-operator or for a small freight carrier—might be the perfect career choice for you.
1. You don’t want to spend years training for a career
If you’re ready to get working and get paid, driving truck professionally might be the perfect career choice for you.
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training programs take, on average, 7 weeks to complete. There are different requirements depending on where you work post-training, but you won’t spend years preparing for a career. Instead, you will learn on the road and start earning money quickly.
2. You want to be paid well
A truck driving career is notorious for a great starting salary with excellent growth potential as you gain experience. While the pay varies depending on whether you are an owner/operator or work for a large shipper (like Walmart), the average starting owner operator salary in the United States currently sits at $40,000.
Truck driving is a great career for those who want to start earning a high annual salary without spending years on training. While there is required training and paperwork that goes into getting your CDL and authority, the pay is often worth it for truck drivers.
3. You want job stability
Along with great pay, most owner-operators don’t have trouble finding loads if they want them. You’ll always have work if you want it in the trucking industry.
Capacity (the number of drivers as compared to the number of goods that need to be moved) is especially tight right now, but that depends on the market. As the demand for truckers heightens, you will have many growth opportunities throughout your truck driving career.
4. You want to be your own boss
Have you always dreamed of being your own boss? About 1 in 9 truck drivers in the USA are owner/operators, which means they work for themselves. Owner/operators are responsible for filling their trucks with freight of their choosing (usually found on load boards) and are free to work when they want. While they have to maintain their equipment, owner/operators express a love of the freedom that entrepreneurship provides.
You don’t have to work for yourself or own a truck right away. Most drivers start out working for carriers as they gain experience. Later in your career, if you choose to own a truck (or several) the business potential is endless.
5. You love to see new places
Do you have a desire to travel? Did you love road trips when you were younger? If you love to drive and experience new places, long-haul truck driving might be the perfect career choice for you.
Driving an average of 2,000-3,000 miles per week, professional drivers and owner-operators are some of the most well-traveled professionals in the country.
Does this sound like you?
If these reasons sound like you, it may be time to consider making the career leap to driving truck.
The good news? Truck driving is a well-paying profession that makes a huge impact on the success of our country. Without our drivers—who move about 70% of all product—the country would not be able to function.
Owner-operators and professional drivers make a difference, get paid well, and have the freedom to escape the 9-5 with an exciting career that takes them all over the country.