Truck driving jobs are always plentiful due to the constant driver turn over rate that now stands at 128% for over the road drivers. The average yearly income for truck drivers is $35,000 to $45,000 for company drivers, and $95,000 to $130,000 for owner operators, depending on where you live. Currently, as a local driver, working five days per week and home every night, I enjoy a driving job grossing $50,200 per year.
Every two years the US Bureau of Labor Statistics releases their list for the top 30 fastest growing job opportunities. Just released, this list shows the best career choices projected to the year 2016. Truck driving didn’t make the list, but how does truck driving jobs salaries compare with these 30 fastest growing jobs for the future?
Many of these positions require at least a Bachelor Degree, and some even a Master’s Degree or Doctorate, yet I find it interesting to note that professional truck drivers can earn more than these professional positions. And, with proper management skills, an owner-operator can actually gross more than any of the top 30 on the list!
Of course, there is not much glamour in OTR truck driving, but with the public’s view of the typical “truck driver,” I felt it was important to point out that with the right information, the professional skills and the proper attitude, truck driving jobs can offer a good wage and decent living . . . you just have to know where to look. However, comparing truck driving jobs with the top 30 lists, one should not consider themselves just a “truck driver.”
See how your current driving job compares with the top 30 jobs of the future . . . the salary shown is the median average salary for the year 2006 :
30. Physician assistant $74,980
29. Physical therapist $68,050
28. Manicurists and pedicurist $21,280
27. Environmental science and protection technician $40,260
26. Gaming and sports book writers and runners $20,850
25. Computer software and systems software engineers $87,250
24. Database administrators $67,460
23. Computer system’s analysts $72,230
22. Dental assistants $30,850
21. Marriage and family therapists $44,700
20. Mental health and substance abuse social workers $37,980
19. Mental health counselors $37,840
18. Dental hygienists $62,430
17. Forensic science technicians $48,150
16. Pharmacy technicians $26,510
15. Physical therapist assistants $41,410
14. Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators $30,470
13. Social and human service assistants $27,200
12. Financial analysts $77,280
11. Skin care specialists $29,550
10. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors $35,950
9. Veterinarians $81,490
8. Medical assistants $26,290
7. Theatrical and performance makeup artists $36,730
6. Personal financial advisers $66,120
5. Veterinary technologists and technicians $27,750
4. Computer applications software engineers $82,000
3. Home health aides $20,100
2. Personal and home care aides $18,180
1. Network systems and data communications analyst $67,460
The biggest problem facing truck drivers today is finding the right company to drive for, who will deliver what they promise. Unfortunately, over the road driving needs to be looked at very diligently by new drivers before signing on with a carrier. The 128% turn over rate speaks for itself. Knowing what to look for, understanding how the trucking industry works and thinks and knowing what to expect out of a life in trucking, will help you make the right choice in a trucking career BEFORE you sign on the dotted line.
With the right information, you can make trucking work if that is your chosen path for a career. And, as the list shows, you can actually end up earning more than the person sitting in a cubicle office space munching on a salad.
About the Author:
Aubrey Allen Smith is the author of the first and original Truth About Trucking. By exposing the scams of the trucking industry, Allen has helped hundreds, if not thousands of new drivers make the right choices in choosing a truck driving career. For more information, please visit http://www.truthabouttrucking.com today.