These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Truck Drivers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 10 months ago
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It’s tough to be a truck driver nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a truck driver isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become truck drivers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many truck drivers no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former truck drivers to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former truck drivers:

  1. Driver
  2. Delivery Driver
  3. Truck Driver Class A
  4. Equipment Operator
  5. Machine Operator
  6. Owner/Operator
  7. Heavy Equipment Operator
  8. Forklift Operator
  9. Security Officer
  10. Cdl Driver

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a truck driver would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former truck drivers to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former truck drivers:

  1. Equipment Operator
  2. Heavy Equipment Operator
  3. Operator
  4. Mechanic
  5. Security Guard
  6. Motor Coach Operator
  7. Dispatcher
  8. Assembler
  9. Motor Transport Operator
  10. Farm Hand

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Truck Drivers

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed truck driver under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a truck driver, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former truck drivers.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Truck Drivers

Job Title Rank %
Driver 1 5.29%
Delivery Driver 2 2.36%
Truck Driver Class A 3 1.97%
Equipment Operator 4 1.6%
Machine Operator 5 1.17%
Owner/Operator 6 1.16%
Heavy Equipment Operator 7 1.0%
Forklift Operator 8 0.97%
Security Officer 9 0.92%
Cdl Driver 10 0.83%
Customer Service Representative 11 0.75%
Bus Driver 12 0.73%
Local Truck Driver 13 0.73%
Over The Road Driver 14 0.73%
Supervisor 15 0.65%
Material Handler 16 0.65%
Maintenance Technician 17 0.65%
Cdl Class A Driver 18 0.64%
Operator 19 0.63%
Welder 20 0.63%
Route Driver 21 0.63%
Operator And Truck Driver 22 0.62%
Owner 23 0.55%
Mechanic 24 0.55%
Technician 25 0.55%
Sales Associate 26 0.51%
Dump Truck Driver 27 0.5%
Company Driver 28 0.48%
Operations Manager 29 0.46%
Security Guard 30 0.45%
Tank Driver 31 0.45%
School Bus Driver 32 0.43%
Tractor-Trailer Driver 33 0.43%
Motor Coach Operator 34 0.41%
Service Technician 35 0.41%
Warehouse Worker 36 0.39%
Transportation Driver 37 0.37%
Class A Driver 38 0.36%
Driver Trainer 39 0.35%
Dispatcher 40 0.35%
Sales Representative 41 0.35%
Delivery Truck Driver 42 0.32%
Assembler 43 0.31%
Manager 44 0.29%
Farm Hand 45 0.29%
Oil Truck Driver 46 0.29%
Motor Transport Operator 47 0.29%
Machinist 48 0.28%
Local Driver 49 0.27%
Motor Vehicle Operator 50 0.27%
Cashier 51 0.27%
Crane Operator 52 0.27%
Warehouse Associate 53 0.26%
Tank Truck Driver 54 0.26%
Foreman 55 0.26%
Production Worker 56 0.26%
Diesel Mechanic 57 0.25%
Driver/Owner Operator 58 0.25%
Self-Employed 59 0.23%
Correction Officer 60 0.23%
Assistant Manager 61 0.23%
Line Haul Driver 62 0.23%
Truck Operator 63 0.23%
Forklift Driver 64 0.22%
Bus Operator 65 0.22%
Team Leader 66 0.22%
Water Truck Driver 67 0.21%
Electrician 68 0.21%
Instructor 69 0.2%
Custodian 70 0.2%
Yard Jockey 71 0.2%
Shuttle Driver 72 0.2%
Production Supervisor 73 0.2%
Truck Driver/Warehouse 74 0.2%
Class B Driver 75 0.19%
Fuel Truck Driver 76 0.19%
Tow Truck Driver 77 0.18%
Ship Worker 78 0.18%
Specialist 79 0.18%
Operation Supervisor 80 0.18%
Crew Leader 81 0.18%
Carpenter 82 0.18%
Store Manager 83 0.18%
Sales Person 84 0.17%
Press Operator 85 0.17%
Field Service Technician 86 0.17%
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 87 0.17%
Sheet Metal Mechanic 88 0.17%
Order Selector 89 0.17%
Cab Driver 90 0.17%
Customer Service Trainer 91 0.17%
Helper/Driver 92 0.16%
Warehouse Manager 93 0.16%
Police Officer 94 0.16%
Handyman 95 0.16%
Associate 96 0.16%
Commercial Truck Driver 97 0.16%
Inspector 98 0.15%
Haul Truck Driver 99 0.15%
Heavy Truck Driver 100 0.15%