A job as a truck driver means you get to sit behind the wheel of truck all day. Right? I mean it’s a fairly clean job, unless your truck’s seat is a little dusty. Then again, there are some truck driving jobs that are just plain dirty, and I mean really dirty. Take the truck drivers that work in the oil fields, they come home at the end of each shift covered from head to foot in oil and dirt – but then, the pay is fantastic.
Take the oil fracking boom in North Dakota. They are desperate for truck drivers, and there are companies that will take on new graduates too. Unemployment in these areas is as low as 1% – compare that to the nation’s rate and you’ll see how desperate they are for new recruits. Like most modern mining areas, women drivers are also welcome, so long as you can do the work. The pay is very good but you will be doing a lot of heavy and dirty work. In most cases, you’ll have to hook up heavy hoses to load and unload each load, and you’ll be driving tankers over quite tricky roads. I’m told the smell isn’t great either – but then, there are a lot of jobs that like that.
Have I put you off truck driving in the oil industry? I’m not trying too. Whilst those negatives don’t sound great, there are a lot of positives to working in these areas, particularly in newer areas like those to be found in North Dakota (now heading to becoming the second largest oil producer in the US). One big positive is experience. You will learn so much about truck driving in these environments that you’ll be able to drive any type of truck anywhere in the world.
We have already mentioned your wage, and that is going to be good in those areas. You’ll also receive great benefits like health care and life insurance. You’ll also have job security, at least for the next 20 or so years, perhaps longer as they find new oil mining opportunities. Families are now moving to some of these areas with both the husband and wife working as truck drivers – they stick at it for ten years, saving as much of their wage as possible then moving back to a more normal lifestyle with a decent financial base – certainly enough to enjoy life a little more and perhaps even start a business of their own.
The long-term opportunities for truck drivers who are prepared to work in remoter areas are endless. Skills, income (and savings), and a modern “wild west” type lifestyle are just the beginning, and it only takes five weeks of truck driver training to get in your foot in the door. Sound interesting?