The job of a Truck Driver involves transporting retail goods, raw materials, products and other items to various destinations. They are responsible for delivering items from one location to the next while dealing with road and weather conditions. Truck drivers find work in various industries, regardless of how small or large the vehicles they are assigned to are.
Education/Experience Requirements According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, successful candidates must be at least 24 years old, pass physical examinations, possess 20/40 vision (with or without glasses or lenses), have good hearing and normal blood pressure. Large companies may require drivers to be at least 25 years old, have a high school diploma or truck driving certification from technical schools and possess several years of experience in trucking. Of course, a valid, state-issued commercial driver’s license is the most important requirement in this field.
Skills Ability to exert maximum force to pull and carry objects; excellent listening skills, ability to follow directions easily; ability to respond quickly using his/her finger, hand or foot; and ability to see far distances.
Specific work elements Driving large vehicles to transport materials to and from specified destinations; inspecting and maintaining vehicle supplies or equipments such as water, oil, gas, tires, brakes or others to ensure the truck works properly; loading and unloading of trucks; following maps and geographic directions; obeying traffic laws; verifying contents of inventory loads based on shipping documents; presenting receipts or bills; and reporting delays, accidents, traffic or any mechanical problems of the vehicle, among others.