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10 Logistics Careers Beyond the Long-Haul Driver’s Seat

When people think of truck driving, the image of long-haul truckers cruising down the highways often comes to mind. 

While long-haul trucking is a significant part of the industry, there are various other rewarding career paths within truck driving that offer diverse experiences and opportunities. 

In this blog, we'll explore some of these alternative career options for truck drivers.

1. Local Delivery Drivers

Perhaps you don’t want to spend long hours driving over highways, or don’t want to be away from home. 

Local delivery drivers operate within a specific region or city, and are responsible for transporting goods from distribution centers to local businesses, stores, or consumers. 

The routes are already established, making schedules more predictable and consistent. Most of the time, delivery drivers go home every night. 

2. LTL (Less Than Truckload) Drivers

LTL drivers transport smaller shipments that don't require a full truckload. They typically make multiple stops in a day, delivering goods to various locations. 

LTL drivers play a crucial role in efficiently distributing goods across regions. This is similar to delivery drivers, as scheduling can be more flexible.

3. Regional Truck Drivers

Regional truck drivers cover a larger area than local drivers but still return home regularly. They are responsible for transporting goods within a specific geographical region, which can span several states or a portion of the country.

4. Dedicated Route Drivers

Dedicated route drivers work exclusively for a single company or client. They follow a set route and schedule, often transporting specialized cargo. 

If you’re looking for job security and familiarity with a specific client's needs, this could be the best route for you.

5. Team Drivers

Team drivers operate as a pair, which means they taking turns behind the wheel to maximize driving hours and efficiency. T

This career choice can lead to higher earnings and the opportunity to travel long distances while sharing the workload. Think less pressure, and more time to invest in self-care (rest) without sacrificing pay/productivity.

6. Hazmat (Hazardous Materials) Drivers

Hazmat drivers transport dangerous goods, such as chemicals and flammable materials. They must undergo additional training and certification to ensure the safe handling and transport of hazardous materials.

7. Heavy Haul Drivers

Heavy haul drivers specialize in transporting oversized loads, which includes exceptionally large or heavy cargo, like construction equipment or wind turbine components. 

This role requires specialized training and permits, and it often involves escort vehicles for safety.

8. Bus Drivers

Bus drivers are responsible for safely transporting passengers, such as schoolchildren, commuters, or tourists. This career path can offer stable employment and the opportunity to interact with diverse groups of people.

9. Owner-Operators

Some experienced truck drivers choose to become owner-operators by purchasing and operating their own trucks. This path offers greater independence and the potential for higher earnings but also comes with added responsibilities since you are essentially your own boss.

10. Driver Trainers and Instructors

Are you ready to get off the road? Experienced truck drivers can become trainers or instructors, passing on their knowledge and skills to new generations of truck drivers. This role plays a vital role in maintaining safety and professionalism in the industry.

10 Logistics Careers Beyond the Long-Haul Driver’s Seat
Courtney L.
September 11, 2023

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