The world needs truck drivers to haul everything from groceries to wood. There's usually a lot of demand for truckers, and truck driving is a pretty easy field to break into. However, a lot of people never even consider working as a truck driver because they have some misconceptions about the career. Here is a look at some of those misconceptions and the real truth they are masking.
Misconception: Truck driving is a low-paying career.
Perhaps because it does not require a college degree and does not require years of specialized training, people often assume truck drivers are underpaid or don't make much money. But this is not the case. Income varies by state, but in most states, truck drivers can expect to make about $41,312–$56,329 per year. This is a good income for a career that doesn't require you to take on a big pile of student loan debt, and remember, this is just an average — as you move on in your career, you can expect to get raises and earn more.
Misconception: Truck driving is dangerous.
There is always some risk involved whenever you drive, but you are a lot safer driving a large truck than a small car. Also, trucking companies have a lot of protocols designed to keep their drivers safe. You will always check your truck out thoroughly before you drive. You'll be required to take breaks at a certain frequency so you stay alert and are able to drive safely. Driving is never risk-free, but this is a considerably safe job.
Misconception: Truck driving is bad for your health.
It's true that sitting all day is not the best for your health, but as a truck driver, you really don't sit any more than someone who works in an office. You'll just need to be careful to fit some activity in when you're not driving. Spend 10 minutes walking around every time you stop for gas. Go for a jog every day when you get home. If you dedicate yourself to staying active, you can stay fit and healthy while being a truck driver, even if the job itself requires a lot of sitting. You can always look for a job that requires you to load and unload the truck, too, as that will get you some exercise.
Trucking is not for everyone, but before you decide whether this career is for you, make sure you know the truth and are not falling prey to these misconceptions. Contact trucking career services to learn more.Share