why Trucking & Transportation?
The trucking and transportation industry encompasses a wide variety of jobs—many of which require skills you acquired during your military service. As a veteran, you were responsible for protecting America. Now, you will be responsible for feeding America by transporting food to local supermarkets, clothing America by shipping to our favorite department stores, fueling America by replenishing service stations, and building America by carrying materials for anything from log cabins to skyscrapers. Veterans have access to excellent jobs in this industry. Most driving jobs will have you home every night (or nearly every night), but you can spend more time on the road if you’d like a bigger paycheck.
- General: Local drivers are responsible for transporting goods short distances, often within the same city or county.
- Hometime: Drivers should expect to be home daily.
- Routes: Freight and routes tend to be for the same companies each day.
- General: Regional drivers transport goods longer distances than local drivers, usually within about 750 miles from their home.
- Hometime: Drivers are typically home multiple times a week or each weekend.
- Routes: Routes are limited to a specific region such as the Midwest, South, or Northeast.
- General: Long-haul truck driving is also referred to as “over the road” or OTR driving.
- Hometime: Hometime is dependent upon the company and the driver’s preferences. Drivers should expect to be home every other weekend or monthly.
- Routes: Drivers should expect regular interstate travel.
- Professional Mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair commercial trucks for a living. They are responsible for the safety compliance and operability of their company’s truck fleets. Mechanics are a high demand, technical profession with career opportunities for technical and managerial advancement.
- Office jobs have a range of responsibilities and duties. Some maintain current safety measures, develop new procedures, and reinforce best safety practices with management and other workers while others make sure that their company hires the best possible candidates.
The trucking and transportation industry plays a vital role in shaping and maintaining the country’s economy and daily life. The industry’s high demand for drivers means the sky’s the limit for career advancement, salary, and hometime. While the greatest hiring need is for drivers, mechanics and office workers have an array of advancement opportunities. Whether you want to get paid to travel the country or have ambitions of owning a transportation company, you can find your start in this industry.
about the sponsor
In partnership with Hiring Our Heroes, FASTPORT’s Trucking Track Mentoring Program helps veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses establish long-term careers. Veterans are hardwired for success in this industry, and the mentoring program guides them to jobs that best match their experience and preferences.