Most future drivers are attending truck driving schools for one reason: they want expert instruction in the truck-driving field so they can find jobs, earn steady livings, take care of their families and put away a little something for those rainy days in life. We strive to help our students meet these goals by enabling them to succeed in their careers. To help you understand the employment opportunities available for truck drivers after training is completed, we’ve compiled a list of the most common truck driving jobs out there.
- Over the Road (OTR) Jobs
OTR jobs involve long-haul drives, often across state lines. They are the most common jobs available to new drivers. Being an OTR driver gives you the opportunity to see our beautiful country, but also requires longer periods away from home and family.
- Dry Van Drivers
As one of the more entry-level positions, dry van driving involves hauling single-trailers filled with goods that don’t require special handling. Typically, drivers do not have to unload their trucks, however, that can vary depending on the specific job at hand.
- Less Than Truckload (LTL) Positions
Generally, LTL jobs are available to drivers with experience and involve closer destinations and smaller loads. Most LTL drivers must unload their shipments themselves. With an LTL position, drivers typically stay close to home and family.
- Dedicated Driving Jobs
Dedicated driving jobs are just what they sound like: you drive a dedicated route and work a consistent daily and weekly schedule. Creatures of habit and lovers of routine tend to be a good fit for this type of position.
- Refrigerated Freight Drivers
Commonly referred to as “reefer drivers,” refrigerated freight drivers haul goods like food and medical supplies that require traveling in exact temperatures. Drivers are responsible for setting correct temperatures and ensuring those temperatures stay consistent throughout the drive. This added responsibility usually results in higher pay.
- Tanker Drivers
Higher paying and in frequent demand, tanker drivers typically haul liquid goods, often including hazardous or flammable materials like liquid nitrogen and gasoline. Transporting liquids involves unique challenges, and requires the ability to keep a level head and respond quickly in the event of accidents or spills.
- Flatbed Drivers
Another higher paying position, flatbed truck driving, require different approaches to hauling goods than with trailers. Most importantly, drivers must know how to properly secure a variety of items that might sit on the flatbed. This can include anything from industrial-sized piping to construction vehicles or oversized freight.