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Become A Trucker

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Working As A Trucker

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $25,480

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Trucker does

  • Unload semi-trailers of raw materials and placement of products in proper areas.
  • Stand in one work area for 12 hour shifts.
  • Adhere to safety guidelines andcompany policies.
  • Moved freight, stocked materials, and shipped materials to and from different storage areas.
  • Determine how much raw materials will be needed to complete the production schedule.
  • Operated semi-tractor trailer to make deliveries throughout the continental USA.
  • Determine sequence and release of back orders according to stock availability.

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How To Become A Trucker

Formal education is not usually required to become a hand laborer or material mover. Employers typically require only that applicants be physically able to perform the work.

Education

There are no formal education requirements to become a hand laborer or material mover.

Training

Most positions for hand laborers and material movers require less than 1 month of on-the-job training. Some workers need only a few days of training, and most training is done by a supervisor or a more experienced worker who decides when trainees are ready to work on their own.

Workers learn safety rules as part of their training. Many of these rules are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Refuse and recyclable material collectors who drive trucks that exceed a certain capacity—such as vehicles with the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds—must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires passing written, skill, and vision tests.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Hand laborers and material movers who work with the public, such as grocery baggers or car wash attendants, must be pleasant and courteous to customers.

Hand–eye coordination. Most hand laborers and material movers use their arms and hands to manipulate objects or move objects into specific positions.

Listening skills. Hand laborers and material movers follow instructions that a supervisor gives them.

Physical stamina. Hand laborers and material movers need the endurance to perform strenuous tasks, such as moving or cleaning objects, throughout the day.

Physical strength. Some workers must be able to lift and carry heavy objects.

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Trucker Typical Career Paths

Trucker Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    77.8%
  • Female

    20.4%
  • Unknown

    1.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.1%
  • Asian

    7.6%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    100.0%

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Top Skills for A Trucker

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Top Trucker Skills

  1. Storage Areas
  2. Raw Materials
  3. Company Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment, and storage areas in order to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Unload semi-trailers of raw materials and placement of products in proper areas.
  • Operated semi-tractor trailer to make deliveries throughout the continental USA.
  • Adhere to safety guidelines andcompany policies.
  • Determine how much raw materials will be needed to complete the production schedule.

Top Trucker Employers