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TRUCK DRIVER: I Move People For A Living

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Nelson shares his story about moving people for a living. He talks about what a day is like for him and uses the day of his interview as an example. He then goes on to talk about how he got into the business and what the life of a long haul truck is like. Nelson says he has no advice to give but says lots of people like this line of work because you can do it on and off, just as long as you keep a valid commercial driver's license.

Job Title: Truck Driver

Job Summary: Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Job Description

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 capacity of at least 26,001 pounds per gross vehicle weight (GVW).

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding, Travel, Home, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Hand-eye coordination, Strength/stamina, Adventurous, Courageous, Likes working with hands, Technical skills

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m='10080'>put it on a</span> <span m='10560'>smaller</span> <span m='10960'>truck,</span> <span m='11720'>bring</span> <span m='11870'>it</span> <span m='11950'>back</span> <span m='12180'>to</span> <span m='12540'>me,</span> <span m='12840'>and</span> <span m='13140'>I put it</span> <span m='13370'>on this</span> <span m='13705'>big</span> <span m='14040'>truck</span> <span m='14510'>to take it</span> <span m='14980'>across </span> <span m='15450'>country.</span> </p><p><span m='15920'>So</span> <span m='16180'>right</span> <span m='16390'>now,</span> <span m='16550'>they're</span> <span m='16710'>out there</span> <span m='17000'>loading.</span> <span m='17690'>I've</span> <span m='17800'>already</span> <span m='17960'>got</span> <span m='18110'>one</span> <span m='18340'>load</span> <span m='18600'>up,</span> <span m='18940'>loaded it</span> <span m='19390'>up in</span> <span m='19840'>the</span> <span m='20180'>front.</span> <span m='20440'>And</span> <span m='20700'>when</span> <span m='20800'>they</span> <span m='20890'>come</span> <span m='21060'>back,</span> <span m='21270'>I'll</span> <span m='21340'>get</span> <span m='21590'>the</span> <span m='21640'>rest</span> <span m='21900'>of</span> <span m='22060'>it</span> <span m='22415'>and</span> <span m='22770'>load it</span> <span m='22880'>up</span> <span m='23070'>and take it</span> <span m='23570'>to</span> <span m='23875'>Maryland.</span> </p><p><span m='24950'>Well,</span> <span m='25380'>my</span> <span m='25680'>father</span> <span m='25810'>did it for</span> <span m='26130'>27</span> <span m='26670'>years.</span> <span m='26980'>And</span> <span m='27070'>this</span> <span m='27220'>is</span> <span m='27310'>what</span> <span m='27890'>I</span> <span m='28010'>did</span> <span m='28230'>in</span> <span m='28340'>high</span> <span m='28540'>school</span> <span m='28890'>to</span> <span m='28960'>make</span> <span m='29120'>money</span> <span m='29350'>back</span> <span m='29600'>in</span> <span m='29640'>the</span> <span m='29720'>'70s,</span> <span m='30190'>when</span> <span m='30340'>minimum</span> <span m='30630'>wage</span> <span m='30980'>was</span> <span m='31130'>$2.35.</span> <span m='31770'>He'd</span> <span m='32200'>pay me</span> <span m='32400'>$8.00</span> <span m='32690'>an</span> <span m='32980'>hour.</span> <span m='33320'>So there</span> <span m='33530'>was</span> <span m='33670'>good</span> <span m='33840'>money</span> <span m='34070'>in</span> <span m='34200'>it,</span> <span m='34300'>at</span> <span m='34420'>one</span> <span m='34580'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='37330'>It's</span> <span m='37680'>like</span> <span m='37890'>sometimes</span> <span m='38130'>you</span> <span m='38280'>follow</span> <span m='38600'>your father's</span> <span m='39280'>footsteps.</span> <span m='39630'>So</span> <span m='39860'>that's</span> <span m='40600'>what</span> <span m='40780'>I ended</span> <span m='40960'>up</span> <span m='41060'>doing.</span> <span m='41380'>I</span> <span m='41560'>should</span> <span m='41710'>have</span> <span m='41860'>stayed</span> <span m='42100'>in</span> <span m='42190'>school,</span> <span m='43130'>got</span> <span m='43630'>education.</span> </p><p><span m='46480'>I'm</span> <span m='46560'>gone</span> <span m='47010'>280</span> <span m='47400'>days</span> <span m='47680'>out of the</span> <span m='47910'>year.</span> <span m='48180'>So I'm</span> <span m='48320'>gone</span> <span m='48470'>away from the</span> <span m='48790'>house</span> <span m='49020'>an</span> <span m='49270'>awful</span> <span m='49703'>lot.</span> <span m='50136'>It's</span> <span m='50910'>rough</span> <span m='51190'>on the family</span> <span m='51470'>sometimes.</span> </p><p><span m='52500'>There's</span> <span m='52890'>really</span> <span m='52950'>no</span> <span m='53260'>advice,</span> <span m='53400'>just</span> <span m='54050'>everybody</span> <span m='54370'>likes</span> <span m='54630'>it.</span> <span m='54790'>There's</span> <span m='55000'>a</span> <span m='55070'>lot</span> <span m='55250'>of</span> <span m='55300'>people</span> <span m='55520'>now</span> <span m='55700'>that are</span> <span m='55880'>retiring</span> <span m='56780'>and doing</span> <span m='56930'>it,</span> <span m='57110'>because</span> <span m='57260'>you</span> <span m='57340'>can</span> <span m='57460'>travel</span> <span m='57710'>across the</span> <span m='58050'>country and</span> <span m='58380'>see</span> <span m='58540'>everything.</span> </p><p><span m='59330'>If</span> <span m='59710'>you</span> <span m='59790'>want</span> <span m='59900'>to</span> <span m='59940'>do</span> <span m='60070'>it</span> <span m='60150'>while you're</span> <span m='60420'>first and</span> <span m='60790'>you don't</span> <span m='60950'>know</span> <span m='61110'>what</span> <span m='61260'>you're</span> <span m='61340'>going to</span> <span m='61400'>do,</span> <span m='61970'>you</span> <span m='62080'>could</span> <span m='62190'>do it</span> <span m='62340'>and see</span> <span m='62640'>the</span> <span m='62740'>country</span> <span m='63110'>and</span> <span m='63180'>then</span> <span m='63540'>come</span> <span m='63710'>back</span> <span m='63910'>and</span> <span m='64230'>finish</span> <span m='64539'>school, if you</span> <span m='64849'>want</span> <span m='64980'>to</span> <span m='65019'>do</span> <span m='65160'>it for just</span> <span m='65570'>a</span> <span m='65920'>couple years.</span> </p><p><span m='66050'>It's always good to</span> <span m='66530'>have</span> <span m='66870'>a</span> <span m='67380'>ace in the</span> <span m='67710'>hole,</span> <span m='68300'>keep</span> <span m='68630'>your</span> <span m='68860'>CDL</span> <span m='69060'>and</span> <span m='69250'>do</span> <span m='69960'>something</span> <span m='70240'>else.</span> <span m='70410'>But if you</span> <span m='70730'>ever lose your job,</span> <span m='71080'>you can</span> <span m='71520'>always</span> <span m='71760'>go</span> <span m='71830'>back</span> <span m='72130'>to</span> <span m='72430'>driving.</span> </p>","file":{"id":291094,"video_id":"2714990235001","name":"1206-Nelson-LongHaulMovingTrucker","duration":73283,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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