Despite the fact that the Canadian economy has slowed in recent months, especially in the petroleum industry, the long-term outlook for truck drivers remains solid.
Experts are predicting a wave of retirements in the coming decade. Coupled with rising demand for goods across the country, a shortfall of 20,000 to 30,000 truck drivers is forecast to hit by the year 2020. For job seekers looking for a long-term career, this is good news. Here are the types of jobs you can look for in the trucking business:
Long Haul (Over the Road) Driver
The bulk of opportunities, especially for new drivers, lie in the long-haul trucking industry. You can expect to spend long periods of time alone and away from home, but will gain experience quickly, be well compensated, and see Canada and the United States from a unique perspective. You’ll drive an 18-wheeler, which requires you to take Class 1 driver training.
Short Haul Driver
These jobs tend to pay a bit less than long haul assignments. Some companies have a limited area in which they do business, and have opportunities that are closer to home, which means you can expect to be home more regularly. Some of these opportunities only require a Class 3 License, which has fewer requirements and is generally easier to earn.
With the increase in the volume of goods moving around by truck, there will be opportunities in the industry that aren’t behind the wheel. Scheduling, dispatching, loading, warehousing and many other “spin-off” jobs are expected to open up as a result of the industry’s continued expansion.
If you’re considering a career in trucking, we have decades of hands-on experience to offer. Come and visit us at First Class Training Centre. Contact us online or call Toll Free 1-(855) 632-5302.
Movies and TV tend to romanticize the life of the over-the-road trucker. If you’ve ever seen “Smokey and the Bandit”, you’ve seen a very inaccurate portrayal of the road freight business.
In our experience as Manitoba’s premiere provider of driver training, First Class Training is aware of the mythology surrounding the trucking life, and as licensed and experienced drivers ourselves, we want to make sure you’re presented with an accurate portrait of your future career, in order to make the best decisions about your personal suitability for the job. Here’s the skinny:
Long hours, mostly away from home. If you’re an over-the-road (long haul) trucker, you can expect to spend days at a time criss-crossing Canada or the United States. It can be challenging to spend this amount of time away from family for many.
It’s solitary. In some circumstances, drivers work in teams, but the bulk of long haul driving is solitary. If you require social interaction in your job, trucking is probably not for you.
Changing scenery. You will have the opportunity to visit places you wouldn’t ordinarily get to see. If you’ve got an urge to see new places, the view from behind the windshield of a semi is hard to beat.
Freedom and Responsibility. While you will have an employer to answer to and a schedule to keep, you will be the boss in your truck. If you like to work independently, and don’t mind assuming responsibility for a huge truck and its’ expensive contents, you’ll love the road freight business.
If you’re considering a career in trucking, you need to see the professionals at First Class Training Centre. We have decades of hands-on experience in the industry and can get you on the road to a new and rewarding future. Contact us online or call Toll Free 1-(855) 632-5302.