There are many reasons why individuals choose to go into the trucking industry. Sometimes it's a simple reason, like "I need a job," but other times, there's a little more depth to the decision. We asked our Facebook fans why they decided to go into truck driving. Here are some of the most popular responses...
"I wanted to make good money."
Entry level truck drivers can expect to make up to $50,000 in their first year on the road. This is a good starting salary for a brand new, entry level job. And with some years of experience, truck drivers can expect to make much more annually, depending on what's being hauled! The important thing to remember is that you must start somewhere. When you get into the trucking industry, don't allow yourself to get blindsided by "grass is greener" syndrome.
"I wanted to travel."
What better way to travel than by choosing a career path where you get to see different parts of the country every day? This is one of the top reasons people decide to become truck drivers. You're like a paid tourist -- you'll get to see places that your friends and family can only dream about.
"I wanted to follow in my dad/uncle/grandpa's footsteps."
Many pursue a career in the truck driving industry in order to follow in a relative or close friend's footsteps. It's not uncommon for there to be several generations of truck drivers in one family! Many of these people have been around trucks from an early age, so it's only natural for them to want to pursue it as a career path. Simply put, truckin' is in their blood.
"I wanted to be in charge."
It's no secret that in truck driving, you're pretty much your own boss. You still must deliver the loads where they need to be, but for the most part you are in control. You plan your day -- it is your duty to get the load to its destination on time. There's no supervisor looking over your shoulder either -- a commonly reported perk of the job.
Why did you want to become a truck driver? Share in the comments below!
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