What Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers Do
Heavy and tractor-trailer
truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most
tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross
vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle,
passengers, and cargo—exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over
intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. Working as a long-haul
truck driver is a major lifestyle choice because these drivers can be away from
home for days or weeks at a time.
How to Become a Truck Driver
Driver Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truckdriving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $40,260 in May 2015. Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 5 percent by 2024.