Is Trucking The Only Job Security?

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Charles C.'s Comment
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I have a college BA degree. Owned a successful business for the past 4 years. I also worked in our family business before starting my own business. Let me tell you, trucking has great job security, as long as you keep your nose clean. I know of no other career that only requires around 5k for the schooling, and will yield a solid middle-class income as a result. You even have the 'free' schooling from companies. Some young folks are going in debt for 50k from college, only to have a relatively 'useless' liberal arts degree, with no job security or careers that won't bring in income beyond just paying the bills. I heard a recent study being done where this younger generation will have trouble saving for retirement, because they're paying of college tuition and don't have jobs / careers that pay well. I say if you wanna liberal education - get a library card. Wanna good career? Learn a trade.

I scaled down my business to the point where my wife can operate now for a little extra income. I wanted a change where I could just 'punch a time clock and collect a check.' Trucking has been a very welcome career change for our family, especially since I'm not OTR and get home every day, twice on the weekends. But, even if I had to roll with a regional gig, I'd still be happy to not have the extra responsibility of owning a business and having my family's well-being depend on the amount of sales I could generate. I like being a trucker, love being a company man.

Amen! Very well said 6 string.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Meper's Comment
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Being laid off in 2013 is the reason I am considering a career in trucking. I was in Health Insurance, then IS until 2013. Twenty nine years total with the same company and then laid off. It seems if you are over Fifty years of age, jobs outside of trucking are hard to come by. I am currently in the process of getting things in order to start training.

Meper

Attila's Comment
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One random bad event completely out of your control can end your cdl. I have workef for 25 years and one thing I have learned is there is no such thing as job security.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
T.W.'s Comment
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At least there is a teacher and a business owner on here who decided that trucking is better.

Bud A.'s Comment
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At least there is a teacher and a business owner on here who decided that trucking is better.

And a senior manager who doesn't miss the stress of managing 500 employees even a tiny bit.

T.W.'s Comment
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Bud,

Sometimes the grind of babysitting adults can be worse then babysitting kids. Maybe we are all fed up with the social and political BS and don't want to be bothered with it anymore.

I miss growing up on our farm away from society. It was peaceful and quiet.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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