Search
Truckers Wanted

Truckers Wanted

Driver Shortage Fuels Demand

If you have a clean driving record, good personal habits and are 21-plus, chances are you can get a truck driving job.

"The driver shortage has been with us for some time and will not likely improve anytime soon," says trucking industry expert Jim Bowers. "Driving and delivering freight around North America cannot be outsourced."

Companies are working hard to increase wages, benefits and trucking quality of life in order to attract new truckers. "There is so much competition for experienced drivers with drug-free, clean driving records that a good driver need only decide which offer fits their needs," Bowers says.

So how do you decide which type of trucking opportunity to pursue? The first step in choosing the right job for you is knowing your options. Check out this advice from two trucking experts.

Major Trucking Categories

You can start by studying the Bureau of Labor Statistics' two main trucker descriptions:

  • Heavy-truck and tractor-trailer drivers operate trucks or vans with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). Their job is to transport cars, livestock and other materials in liquid, loose or packaged form. Many of their routes are from city to city and cover long distances. Some companies use two drivers on extra-long runs -- one drives while the other sleeps in a berth behind the cab. These sleeper runs can last for days, even weeks. Trucks on sleeper runs typically stop only for fuel, food, loading and unloading.

    Long-distance, heavy-truck and tractor-trailer drivers may have to load or unload their cargo. This is especially common when drivers haul specialty cargo.

  • Light- or delivery-services truck drivers operate vans and trucks weighing less than 26,000 pounds GVW, picking up or delivering merchandise and packages within a specific area. Sometimes these assignments require quick turnarounds: delivering a shipment to a nearby city, picking up another loaded truck or van, and driving that vehicle back to their home base -- all in the same day. Light- or delivery-services truck drivers usually load or unload the merchandise for the customer.

    Some local truck drivers have sales and customer-service responsibilities. The primary responsibility of driver/sales workers, or route drivers, is to deliver and sell their firm's products over established routes or within an assigned territory. They sell food products, including restaurant takeout items, or pick up and deliver laundry and other items. Their response to customer complaints and requests can make the difference between winning an order and losing a customer. Route drivers may also take orders and collect payments.

Long-Haul vs. Short-Haul

Long-haul driving is the most in-demand job. Drawbacks include days and weeks away from home, so companies compensate by paying extremely well -- an average of 50 cents per mile, says trucking recruiter Franc Gomez.

Gomez cites a scenario: A 2,800-mile load yields $1,400, which a driving team could split. The trip will take about 52 hours. "That means that in (less than three) days, a team of two can earn $700 per member," he says. "Taking into account that most drivers will take a total of six weeks off throughout the year, each team member can gross $69,000 per year. If the team is composed of a husband and a wife, that's a combined $138,000 per year."

Short-haul drivers get to be home more often, but the work requires city driving, backing into docks, and sometimes loading and unloading work, Bowers says. Some drivers must also double as salespeople. For example, a wholesale bakery driver/sales worker might deliver and arrange baked goods on a grocery store's display racks.

Get Educated

Still unsure whether you should go after a trucking career? In addition to following these tips for becoming a trucker, you should ask questions of potential trucking employers and talk to trucking schools and recruiters.

"Assess your own qualifications in light of these demands, and make sure that the negative does not outweigh the positive," Gomez advises. "Then find a good truck-driver training school, and compare the companies that will seek to recruit you once you graduate."

Latest Jobs

NBM Strategic Capital
Posted: 04/20/2014
Las Vegas, NV, 89101
NBM Strategic Capital
Posted: 04/20/2014
Tampa, FL, 33602
Posted: 04/20/2014
Skokie, IL, 60077
National Grid USA Services Company Inc
Posted: 04/20/2014
Island Park, NY, 11558
HealthMarkets
Posted: 04/20/2014
Charlotte, NC

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile

 
 
 

Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
ArtBistro
Create and connect.
Excelle
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships
Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Education.org
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military.com
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.

Interviewing

100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2014 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2014.1.40.6-308
eTrustLogo