JobsNow: Driving a truck challenging, yet rewarding to drivers

Truck drivers said the job is a high-freedom job with good pay, although it's not without its challenges

Truck driving jobs are on the rise, and driver Bruce Metzler said there are a lot of benefits to the job.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Truck driving jobs are on the rise, and driver Bruce Metzler said there are a lot of benefits to the job.

“Very high job freedom, good pay,” he said. “I love to drive, which you better love to drive if you’re going to be a truck driver.”

Drivers are assigned routes, whether it be a three-day trip to Maine or New York City, covering a 1,000 miles, or a day trip to West Virginia.

Metzler said he feels a sense of pride with what he’s hauling.

“I’m on a dedicated account with Astro Shapes and that’s all I do is haul their product,” he said.

There is a lot of responsibility pulling 55,000 pounds in a 53-foot trailer with a 450-horsepower engine. Drawbacks include deadlines, traffic, winter driving and being away from home on the road.

While some other areas have taken a hit, though, the trucking industry just keeps plugging away and needs more drivers.

“It’s difficult. The hours can be challenging, but the rewards can also be great. If you can stick out and find your niche in the industry, there’s money to be made,” said Safety Manager John Rugarber.

Truck drivers are paid by the mile and every time something is unloaded from the trailer.

The New Castle School of Trades and TDDS Technical Institute are great places to learn to drive a truck. Once you have the CDL license, you find a job to get the first seat experience or AIM has an apprentice program to train you.

There’s a tremendous need for drivers through the industry. If something has to be moved today, it’s usually going to go on a truck.

For more information on available truck driving jobs and what it takes to become a truck driver, visit OhioMeansJobs.com.

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