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TRUCK DRIVER, IN-DEPTH: I Work When I Want

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Nelson goes in-depth with his story about being a long haul truck driver. He shares what he likes most about his job and what he finds most challenging which he says usually involves money. Nelson says he's been doing this line of work for many years and explains what changed in the industry in it's effort to weed out the "bad apples." He adds that being on the road for two-thirds of the year is tough on the family but that he's able to do family trips and even travel with his wife. He says he's been married for 26 years: "Not bad for being a truck driver."

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).

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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='11400'>good</span> <span m='11500'>points</span> <span m='11860'>and bad</span> <span m='12100'>points,</span> <span m='12290'>just</span> <span m='12480'>like</span> <span m='12660'>any</span> <span m='12790'>job.</span> <span m='13370'>It's</span> <span m='13530'>always</span> <span m='14110'>to</span> <span m='14180'>do</span> <span m='14300'>with</span> <span m='14440'>money.</span> <span m='15710'>You</span> <span m='16070'>want</span> <span m='16230'>to</span> <span m='16270'>make</span> <span m='16400'>sure</span> <span m='16550'>you</span> <span m='16600'>get</span> <span m='16760'>paid</span> <span m='17030'>for</span> <span m='17595'>the</span> <span m='17870'>work</span> <span m='18110'>that</span> <span m='18240'>you</span> <span m='18340'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='20280'>The</span> <span m='20420'>way</span> <span m='20580'>the</span> <span m='20650'>economy</span> <span m='21100'>is</span> <span m='21250'>right</span> <span m='21510'>now,</span> <span m='22190'>everybody's</span> <span m='22560'>trying</span> <span m='22770'>to</span> <span m='22810'>save</span> <span m='23000'>a buck,</span> <span m='23380'>and</span> <span m='23460'>it</span> <span m='23540'>just</span> <span m='24190'>trickles</span> <span m='24350'>down</span> <span m='25100'>from</span> <span m='25200'>the</span> <span m='25320'>company</span> <span m='25690'>to</span> <span m='25790'>me,</span> <span m='26040'>and I'm</span> <span m='26230'>the</span> <span m='26310'>lowest</span> <span m='26610'>on</span> <span m='26650'>the</span> <span m='26820'>totem</span> <span m='27150'>pole,</span> <span m='27526'>so</span> <span m='28280'>it's</span> <span m='28470'>just</span> <span m='29220'>a</span> <span m='29300'>matter</span> <span m='29530'>of</span> <span m='29610'>money.</span> <span m='30240'>I've</span> <span m='30430'>always</span> <span m='30770'>been</span> <span m='31110'>self</span> <span m='31310'>employed.</span> <span m='31920'>I</span> <span m='32009'>think</span> <span m='32330'>I've only</span> <span m='32520'>had</span> <span m='32689'>a</span> <span m='32729'>job</span> <span m='33090'>for like--</span> <span m='33550'>Well, I</span> <span m='33650'>was</span> <span m='33910'>in</span> <span m='34040'>the Army</span> <span m='34370'>for</span> <span m='34560'>a</span> <span m='34600'>couple</span> <span m='34820'>years,</span> <span m='35210'>and then</span> <span m='36980'>I</span> <span m='37240'>drove</span> <span m='37540'>a</span> <span m='37580'>truck</span> <span m='37890'>locally</span> <span m='38310'>for</span> <span m='38410'>about</span> <span m='38620'>two</span> <span m='38710'>years</span> <span m='39100'>because</span> <span m='39330'>I</span> <span m='39480'>had</span> <span m='39650'>a</span> <span m='39730'>daughter</span> <span m='40070'>who</span> <span m='40210'>was</span> <span m='40730'>three</span> <span m='41070'>months</span> <span m='41280'>old.</span> <span m='41530'>And I</span> <span m='41610'>just</span> <span m='41790'>wanted</span> <span m='41960'>her.</span> <span m='42280'>I</span> <span m='42340'>stayed home</span> <span m='42830'>for about a</span> <span m='43170'>year and</span> <span m='43580'>a half</span> <span m='43710'>and then went</span> <span m='43860'>back to</span> <span m='44150'>doing</span> <span m='44360'>this,</span> <span m='44540'>because</span> <span m='44850'>I didn't</span> <span m='45210'>want</span> <span m='45650'>my wife</span> <span m='45993'>to work all</span> <span m='46336'>the time.</span> </p><p><span m='46680'>They're</span> <span m='46900'>looking</span> <span m='47070'>for</span> <span m='47230'>drivers,</span> <span m='47660'>but</span> <span m='48000'>you</span> <span m='48140'>have</span> <span m='48250'>to</span> <span m='48340'>have</span> <span m='48460'>a</span> <span m='48650'>license.</span> <span m='48850'>You</span> <span m='48980'>have</span> <span m='49120'>to</span> <span m='49210'>have a</span> <span m='49570'>CDL</span> <span m='50080'>license.</span> <span m='50730'>commercial</span> <span m='51070'>Driver's</span> <span m='51410'>License.</span> <span m='52570'>It means</span> <span m='52870'>you have</span> <span m='52950'>to</span> <span m='53210'>have</span> <span m='53390'>experience</span> <span m='53870'>or</span> <span m='53980'>take</span> <span m='54160'>classes</span> <span m='54620'>and</span> <span m='55130'>learn</span> <span m='55320'>to</span> <span m='55380'>do</span> <span m='55590'>it,</span> <span m='56480'>and</span> <span m='57170'>then</span> <span m='57320'>you</span> <span m='57470'>also,</span> <span m='57840'>when</span> <span m='57960'>you</span> <span m='58040'>go</span> <span m='58430'>for a</span> <span m='58710'>work course</span> <span m='58940'>to</span> <span m='59180'>get</span> <span m='59540'>your</span> <span m='60000'>CDL, you're</span> <span m='60386'>drug tested.</span> <span m='61860'>Some people</span> <span m='62400'>make</span> <span m='62655'>you take a</span> <span m='62910'>polygraph,</span> <span m='63670'>but it just</span> <span m='63910'>depends on</span> <span m='64069'>what</span> <span m='64269'>type</span> <span m='64580'>of work</span> <span m='64943'>you're doing.</span> </p><p><span m='65670'>I don't</span> <span m='65840'>need a</span> <span m='66290'>polygraph,</span> <span m='66530'>but I do</span> <span m='66640'>get</span> <span m='66790'>drug tested</span> <span m='67250'>because</span> <span m='67540'>I</span> <span m='67830'>go on</span> <span m='68030'>military</span> <span m='68450'>bases</span> <span m='68950'>and</span> <span m='69200'>into</span> <span m='69670'>government</span> <span m='70030'>buildings</span> <span m='70420'>to move</span> <span m='70890'>them.</span> <span m='71360'>And</span> <span m='71530'>every</span> <span m='71770'>three</span> <span m='72080'>years,</span> <span m='72320'>you</span> <span m='72440'>have</span> <span m='72560'>to</span> <span m='72640'>have</span> <span m='72750'>a</span> <span m='72790'>physical.</span> <span m='73580'>Or every</span> <span m='73890'>two</span> <span m='74010'>years</span> <span m='74240'>you</span> <span m='74340'>have</span> <span m='74440'>to</span> <span m='74680'>have a</span> <span m='75050'>physical.</span> <span m='75420'>Make</span> <span m='75560'>sure</span> <span m='75730'>you're</span> <span m='75970'>in</span> <span m='76480'>good</span> <span m='76630'>enough</span> <span m='76750'>shape to</span> <span m='77130'>drive.</span> <span m='77705'>It's a</span> <span m='77960'>privilege</span> <span m='78270'>to</span> <span m='78580'>drive</span> <span m='78920'>these</span> <span m='79120'>days</span> <span m='79360'>because</span> <span m='80500'>drunk</span> <span m='80610'>drivers,</span> <span m='81300'>you</span> <span m='81620'>can't</span> <span m='81830'>do</span> <span m='81950'>that</span> <span m='82170'>anymore.</span> </p><p><span m='82570'>And</span> <span m='82660'>now</span> <span m='82820'>they</span> <span m='83090'>came</span> <span m='83310'>out</span> <span m='83490'>with a</span> <span m='83700'>new</span> <span m='83940'>license</span> <span m='84520'>where</span> <span m='85240'>if you</span> <span m='85360'>get</span> <span m='85530'>a</span> <span m='85800'>light</span> <span m='85990'>out on</span> <span m='86250'>your</span> <span m='86300'>trailer,</span> <span m='86750'>they</span> <span m='86920'>put</span> <span m='87110'>points</span> <span m='87290'>against</span> <span m='87530'>you,</span> <span m='87700'>and so</span> <span m='87880'>many</span> <span m='88010'>points,</span> <span m='88350'>that means</span> <span m='88580'>they</span> <span m='88800'>can</span> <span m='89040'>take</span> <span m='89220'>your</span> <span m='89280'>license</span> <span m='89660'>away.</span> <span m='89950'>So,</span> <span m='90050'>they're</span> <span m='90140'>getting</span> <span m='90270'>really</span> <span m='90490'>strict on</span> <span m='90750'>it.</span> <span m='91240'>They're getting</span> <span m='91350'>rid of</span> <span m='91780'>the</span> <span m='92720'>bad</span> <span m='93000'>apples,</span> <span m='93820'>you could</span> <span m='93950'>say,</span> <span m='94400'>and</span> <span m='94510'>trying</span> <span m='94740'>to</span> <span m='94790'>bring</span> <span m='95010'>in</span> <span m='95090'>a</span> <span m='95140'>better</span> <span m='96010'>recruiting</span> <span m='96460'>class</span> <span m='96875'>is</span> <span m='97290'>what they're</span> <span m='97370'>trying</span> <span m='97650'>to do.</span> </p><p><span m='98310'>Like I</span> <span m='98420'>said,</span> <span m='98650'>I'm</span> <span m='98800'>on the road</span> <span m='99760'>nine</span> <span m='100030'>months</span> <span m='100230'>out of the</span> <span m='100400'>year.</span> <span m='100920'>So</span> <span m='101870'>that's</span> <span m='102040'>a good bit</span> <span m='102300'>to</span> <span m='102380'>be</span> <span m='102490'>away</span> <span m='102660'>from home.</span> <span m='103360'>It's really</span> <span m='103690'>rough.</span> <span m='104606'>But</span> <span m='105064'>I do a lot</span> <span m='105522'>of things</span> <span m='105980'>with</span> <span m='106120'>my</span> <span m='106460'>family.</span> <span m='106860'>Like,</span> <span m='107040'>in</span> <span m='107110'>the</span> <span m='107170'>summer,</span> <span m='107470'>I</span> <span m='107520'>take</span> <span m='107810'>them</span> <span m='108100'>on a</span> <span m='108610'>work</span> <span m='109190'>vacation</span> <span m='109650'>trip,</span> <span m='109940'>if I</span> <span m='110160'>can.</span> <span m='110760'>And then if</span> <span m='111030'>I'm</span> <span m='111130'>sitting</span> <span m='111380'>for</span> <span m='111520'>a weekend</span> <span m='111720'>or</span> <span m='111880'>something,</span> <span m='112730'>I</span> <span m='112820'>try</span> <span m='112950'>to</span> <span m='113020'>fly</span> <span m='113270'>my</span> <span m='113320'>wife</span> <span m='113570'>to me</span> <span m='113880'>so we</span> <span m='114030'>can</span> <span m='114140'>have</span> <span m='114310'>our</span> <span m='114430'>special</span> <span m='114760'>time.</span> <span m='115140'>I've been married</span> <span m='115360'>for</span> <span m='115480'>26</span> <span m='115970'>years,</span> <span m='116930'>so</span> <span m='117070'>that's</span> <span m='117260'>pretty</span> <span m='117430'>good</span> <span m='117610'>for</span> <span m='117680'>being</span> <span m='117840'>a</span> <span m='118100'>truck</span> <span m='118300'>driver.</span> </p>","file":{"id":291090,"video_id":"2714842347001","name":"1207-Nelson- p-LongHaulMovingTrucker2 In-Depth","duration":119374,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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