10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Truck Drivers

By Chris Kolmar - Dec. 1, 2017

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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 Jobs (Overview)

  2. Delivery Driver Jobs (Overview)

  3. Truck Driver Class A Jobs (Overview)

  4. Equipment Operator Jobs (Overview)

  5. Machine Operator Jobs (Overview)

  6. Owner/Operator Jobs (Overview)

  7. Heavy Equipment Operator Jobs (Overview)

  8. Forklift Operator Jobs (Overview)

  9. Security Officer Jobs (Overview)

  10. CDL Driver Jobs (Overview)

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.

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 Jobs (Overview)

  2. Heavy Equipment Operator Jobs (Overview)

  3. Operator Jobs (Overview)

  4. Mechanic Jobs (Overview)

  5. Security Guard Jobs (Overview)

  6. Motor Coach Operator Jobs (Overview)

  7. Dispatcher Jobs (Overview)

  8. Assembler Jobs (Overview)

  9. Motor Transport Operator Jobs (Overview)

  10. Farm Hand Jobs (Overview)

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.

Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former TRUCK DRIVERS

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

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Author

Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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