As the economy grows and the demand for goods increases, so does the need for professional drivers. They’re the ones responsible for transporting nearly 70 percent of our nation’s freight. We depend on them to keep many areas of life moving along. Without professional drivers, the U.S. economy would find itself in serious trouble.
Choosing professional driving as your career is a great way to experience a new lifestyle while making a major contribution to the U.S. economy. If you are considering working in this industry, here are some things you’ll want to know.
Beyond entry-level industry work, there are additional certifications and experience that can quickly bring a professional driver’s average salary to above $70,000. With the average professional driver age at 49, many drivers will reach retirement age in the next 15-20 years. This leaves a wide opening for new drivers to enter the market. Also, many individuals become professional drivers later in life as a way to see the world or experience a new lifestyle.
Not Your Typical 9 to 5
This is an industry with high hiring standards, and those doing the hiring take a hard look at your driving history and your professionalism. Although many who apply to be a professional driver are underqualified, a quality driver isn’t easy to replace. That means that by doing your job and doing it well, you can feel secure.
I won’t kid you, the hours are long and the work isn’t easy, but there are easily just as many rewards as there are drawbacks. The industry's projected growth demonstrates just how necessary professional drivers are to the U.S. economy.