Heavy Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Job Summary

Truck drivers usually transport goods using trucks that may exceed 26,000 pounds, across long distances on a route planned by a dispatcher or by the individual. Truck drivers are expected to plan their routes with time allotted to legally rest and considering any possible traffic and restrictions to the passage of large or heavy trucks.


Truck drivers generally carry out the following duties:

  • Inspect their trailer before and after a trip

  • Ensure that goods are secured properly before trips

  • Transport goods over long distances, usually between cities and across several states

  • Report any problems encountered trans trip

  • Report any problems with the trailer or truck to the relevant personnel

  • Keep a record of working hours which adhere to the federal and state laws

  • Maintain the integrity and cleanliness of their truck and associated equipment


Truck drivers are usually required to have a high school diploma or equivalent as well as a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Truck drivers transporting hazardous materials are required to have a hazardous materials endorsement as well as a back ground check.


In order to test truck drivers effectively, employers usually administer the eye test, the cognitive IQ test and the work ethics test. The combination of this test examines applicants visual acuity; an important capability when handling and driving heavy duty vehicles , problem solving skills and individuals. standard code of ethics. All essential aspects of attaining well equipped truck drivers.

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Heavy Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Job Facts

2018 Median Pay
$43,680 per year, $21.00 per hour
Entry level qualification
Post secondary non degree award
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)