A commercial truck driver has delivered most items you see in any store, whether it is groceries or kitchen appliances. The demand for professional drivers has not diminished. There are plenty of opportunities for anyone considering truck driving as a career. Although many think of long haul driving when they think of trucking, there are many different kinds of truck driving positions.
For those looking for adventure, the long haul driver gets their fair share. Long haul drivers may be gone for days or weeks at a time and get to see the country. There are different ways to approach long haul driving. Some are paid employees or for-hire carriers, many lease their vehicles and then there are the owner operators. There is a freedom that many enjoy about the long haul trucking profession, whatever route you choose.
Some people entering the truck driving industry want the freedom of driving with the ability to be home every night with their families. There are companies that hire short haul drivers who may only do deliveries within a certain province or area, making it enticing for those who do not want to be gone for long periods of time.
There is an entire support staff who are also a part of the trucking industry, beyond just the drivers themselves. There are those who maintain the trucks, others who handle cargo and then the many support people who schedule the runs and do the behind-the-scenes operations. Canada has more than 500,000 people working in the trucking industry, making it a large community of people who all are working to make sure that goods are transported to where they need to go.
There are many positions and types of careers in the trucking industry and as people move on or retire, positions are open for those looking to start. Whether you want to drive or be behind the scenes, it is an industry that will be around for the foreseeable future!