Editor’s note: This is a guest blog post from Mark Kinsel. Mark loves the open road. He did his time behind the wheel and can now say that he's the president of Driver Solutions. Although he stays pretty busy, he still finds time to put pen to pad every now and then.
For many people, the truck driving industry isn’t something they would consider breaking into. The hours are long, the drives are even longer and the hours spent on the road and away from home are aplenty.
However, what many people fail to realize is that truck driver jobs really aren’t that bad. The hours may be long, but it's time that can be spent being introspective. It's rare that people get a chance to stop and think back at home in the real world, but on the open road, there's nothing but you, your rig and endless, broken, white lines.
Earn a living
Anyone looking for a career usually has one thing on their mind: money. First and foremost, people typically want to be making enough money to keep up appearances and maintain a certain lifestyle. Although trucking isn't as lucrative as other professions, there is still money to be made nonetheless.
- The average truck driver makes anywhere from 20 to 65k a year, although higher paying positions are out there.
- Considerably less schooling is necessary to become a truck driver, thus greatly reducing the money you would spend on a traditional four year university.
- Once you have a CDL license, you can also become a school bus driver, cement truck driver and can drive countless other specialty vehicles.
Go on an adventure
Most people spend their working lives sitting at a desk, parked in front of a computer screen. Rather than falling in step with all the other nine-to-fivers out there, ditch the suit and tie game and try your luck on the open road. If you're not into the office job scene, truck driving can be your way out.
- Truckers have been known to spend over two weeks away from home at a time.
- You get paid to travel down some of the country's most prolific highways.
- Cross-country road trips are a great way to soak up different cultures.
Something new every day
Are you tired of the same old coffee and the same old water cooler conversations? If you're fortunate enough to have interesting coworkers you can combat workplace monotony, but for those that can't be confined to one place, it's not so easy. Don't get sucked into the Groundhog Day routine, get out there and try something new.
- All across the country are new people to meet and new things to see.
- Each day is a new day full of opportunities for new experiences.
- You never know where you'll end up after a long day of driving.
Truck driving may be under-appreciated, but it certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. And if it's a change of pace that you're after, trucking could very well be the rush you've been looking for. So, go on, take a chance; all it takes is some dedication and you can become part of one of this country's most important industries. The open road is out there and beckoning for you, do you have what it takes to heed the call?