The trucking industry is in desperate need of younger drivers, and that makes Millennials who get into truck driving a hot commodity.
Surveys have shown the need for a unique type of license, a commercial driver’s license (CDL), is a big reason Millennials don’t opt for a truck driving career. However, some businesses do provide free CDL training, the equivalent of up to $8,000. Truck drivers also have to meet physical and health standards, in addition to be at least 21 years old, in order to legally travel between states as a part of the job. Read below for more information on truck driving careers.
Truck Driving in 2019
Millennials may be put off by the clichés of what it means to be a truck driver: long hours, late nights, hard work and an industry that is mostly male. While there is some truth to that, truck driving in 2019 is far different than it has been in the past.
Not every truck driver job entails long interstate journeys. For instance, UPS truck drivers go out for around five hours and then turn around to make the return trip. These drivers do not have to sleep in their truck or eat at truck stops.
Also, there’s much less physical exertion compared to the truck driver jobs of yesteryear, as mechanical devices take care of a lot of the heavy lifting. For example, hood releases and the dollies are hydraulic, and can be operated with the push of a button.
While the truck driving industry is mostly male, women are making significant in-roads – there are a number or groups out there to support female truck drivers. Groups like the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) consult with women truck drivers on issues like safety, hygiene concerns, ergonomics and working conditions.
The Future of Truck Driving
Any talk about getting into truck driving right now has to address the elephant in the room: autonomous trucks. So-called ‘driverless’ trucks are expected to be a major factor in the trucking industry in about a decade.
Drivers are worried that autonomous truck will make them obsolete, but the more likely reality is that there will still be a high demand for drivers. Autonomous trucks will still require a human backup, particularly when it comes to handling extreme weather, poor road quality and unexpected events.
Getting Started in a Career as a Truck Driver
The first stop on the road to a career as a truck driver is to talk about the job with truck drivers and determine what kind of driving job you want. Next, you should pick up a commercial driver’s manual, which can be found at most DMV locations. Then, you should contact a local driving school, where you will receive both classroom and hands-on training. To speed up your career, contact a staffing agency like NSC to get you started on the right path.
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