A transport truck driver works for a transportation company delivering goods across the country. They can deliver consumer goods within a local area or criss-cross the country delivering hazardous materials. No matter what they deliver or where they drive, transport truck drivers need to have excellent driving skills. They need to follow accurate routes and make timely deliveries so that customers receive their goods when they need them. Transport truck drivers also need to have an excellent eye for road safety rules in order to prevent accidents that damage the company vehicle and could seriously injure other drivers. Besides driving, transport truck drivers are responsible for safely loading and unloading their vehicles and developing positive relationships with customers.
Transport truck drivers need to have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Some transport truck drivers also get certification in transporting HAZMAT materials. Formal education is less important, and only a few transport truck drivers have a bachelor's degree.
Transport truck drivers make a lot of sacrifices to do their job, such as spending many days away from their families, but they earn an average salary of $83,855 a year.