Benefits of truck driving
7 benefits of becoming a truck driver
You can’t shake the thought: “I should become a truck driver.” So what’s holding you back? Outdated advice pushing you toward college? Misleading trucking stereotypes about never being home? Pressure from family and friends to “fit the mold”? Maybe if they read what you’re about to, they’d see all the advantages of being a truck driver. There are many!
1. Huge opportunity — the economy needs truck drivers and you’ll always have a job
You won’t hear this from a high school guidance counselor, but truck driver is the most common job in 29 U.S. states (U.S. Census Bureau). That’s a lot of drivers, and yet trucking freight volumes are expected to grow 35 percent by 2029 (American Trucking Associations). The average driver is 55 years old. Do the math. We need drivers!
2. Freedom and flexibility — embrace the wanderlust
No boss over your shoulder — it’s almost cliché in this industry, but only because it’s true. Eventually, the corporate grind, the job “you’re supposed to have” and the same old, same old, eat away at you. You’d be shocked at the variety of backgrounds within this industry — former doctors, lawyers, teachers, construction workers, etc., who needed a change. Make your change and scratch the travel itch before it’s too late!
3. You love big trucks and you love to drive
Don’t overthink it. You know it’s true, so why not run, err, drive with it?!
4. Make a difference — just look around
From the device you’re reading this on, to the clothes you’re wearing, to the food you eat — it came on a truck. There’s something incredibly satisfying about playing such a critical role in the world. Don’t settle for mediocre when you can be a difference maker!
5. A bright future — in the industry and the company
Remember that 35 percent growth by 2029 we mentioned earlier? “Yeah, but won’t robots be driving trucks by then?” The fact is, autonomous trucks may serve some long-haul functions, but we’ll always need drivers (like planes need pilots).
Today’s tech, rather than replacing drivers, is ushering in a new golden age for drivers. Goods will always need to get from point A to point B, and good drivers will always have good career paths at a good, stable company like Schneider.
6. Improved driver experience — it’s not the ‘80s (or ‘90s, or ‘00s) anymore
“Smokey and the Bandit”-style trucking, long-nosed diesel guzzlers and dispatch-by-payphone are ancient history. Today’s equipment and technology would sound like sci-fi to your grandparents, and modern pay and benefits packages put drivers first like never before. Experience the benefits of truck driving for yourself, and join us as we reinvent the future of trucking together!
7. Schneider’s benefits package
Benefits are a big deal. When you become a truck driver with a stable company like Schneider, you get access to a comprehensive benefits package with medical, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) with company match, paid time off and a huge list of other benefits. It all adds up!