Trucking Jobs

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Trucking jobs are one way to enjoy the thrill of the open road, the freedom of desert highways, and the beauty of mountain passes and glorious sunsets. They're also a good way to soak in a lot of pollution, stay mired in gridlock, and spend your nights sleeping on a pullout vinyl seat. As with any job, truck driving has its perks and its hassles.

While there's a certain romanticized image that comes with trucking jobs (see the aforementioned description), not everyone is cut out for the hard work, long hours, and steady composure it takes to drive a 45-foot truck across the country. Moreover, it requires enormous concentration to elude smaller, faster cars, recognize upcoming traffic jams, and take the necessary precautions to keep your rig and your cargo safe. In the end, you as the driver are responsible for the load you haul, even if you're insured. That means you must have a vested interest in arriving safely and on time.

Other Trucking Jobs

It's easy to forget that there are non-driving trucking jobs available as well. Shipping companies are in need of dispatchers, sales reps, auto mechanics, insurance agents, and customer service coordinators, just to name a few. As with any business, trucking companies also need financial analysts, accountants, and marketing gurus as well. There may be any number of other management jobs open at trucking companies, including those of CEO, CFO, VP of business development, brand management, you name it.

Still, for most people, trucking jobs will continue to mean long nights through the plains states, along coastal highways, through blizzards, thunder showers, and scorching heat. Trucking jobs also call for long periods of solitude. Even if you have your trusty CB and FM radio on your dash, you're almost always riding solo in your rig, which means lots of time for introspection.

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