A lot has changed in the trucking industry over the years. From new regulations to increased traffic volumes, there is plenty for people to criticize if they are trying to convince relatives or friends not to take truck driving jobs. We understand that. Trucking is certainly not a career for everyone. But there are lots of truckers who absolutely love what they do and would never consider doing anything else. We meet them every day. Many of them work for us here at C.R. England.
If you have been considering going to CDL school to get your truck license, we want you to know there are still plenty of things that make trucking an excellent career choice. Here are just three of them:
1. Competitive Pay
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for company drivers in the U.S. is just under $42,000. Independent contractors tend to earn more as self-employed business owners, but they also have vehicles to maintain. It is clear that it’s easy to make a decent living behind the wheel of the truck.
Critics of the trucking industry correctly cite the fact that wages have not dramatically increased over the last decade, but that is true in nearly every job sector in the country. It is not unique to trucking. And at the end of the day, $42,000 is a great salary. There are not many jobs that pay that kind of money without a two or three-year degree.
2. Modern Equipment Is Great
Back in the 1970s and 80s, it was difficult to recruit new truck drivers because they were scared to death of trying to handle big rigs. Those were the days of manual steering and incredibly difficult gearshifts. But those things belong to a bygone era. Today’s modern equipment is as technologically advanced and comfortable as ever.
Computers and hydraulics make steering trucks noticeably easier while automatic transmissions make it possible to drive your entire career without ever having to shift a gear. Of course, transmission preferences are up to every individual trucking company, but more companies are buying automatic trucks because they make it easier to recruit new drivers.
Over-the-road truckers also appreciate the modern conveniences and comfort of today’s sleeper cabs. Any truck owner can get his/her sleeper cab with just about anything he/she wants. The sleeper is now more than just a bed; it is a home away from home.
3. More Home Time Than in the Past
It is true that over-the-road truckers still spend lots of time away from home. However, trucking companies have come to realize there are quite a few benefits to regionalizing freight transport through Dedicated or Regional applications. Regionalizing can improve logistics, increase efficiency, and save on fuel expenses.
Companies have also found that a more regional strategy is yet another way to attract more drivers to the industry. Getting drivers home more often goes a long way toward convincing young people that they really can make a career of truck driving without being hermits who never see their families.
As logistics and trucking companies struggle with an ongoing driver shortage currently numbering in the tens of thousands, we hope you will consider a career as a professional trucker. There is no shortage of trucking jobs waiting to be filled across the country. Here at C.R. England, we have plenty of openings for inexperienced drivers we can send to CDL school. We are also looking for experienced drivers, team drivers, and independent operators who want to work for one of the oldest and most reputable refrigerated trucking companies in the industry.
1. BLS – http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes533032.htm