Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver

Drive gasoline or diesel-powered tractor-trailer combination.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers do?

Drives gasoline or diesel-powered tractor-trailer combination, usually long distances, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form: Drives truck to destination, applying knowledge of commercial driving regulations and skill in maneuvering vehicle in difficult situations, such as narrow passageways. Inspects truck for defects before and after trips and submits report indicating truck condition. Maintains driver log according to I.C.C. regulations. May assist workers in loading and unloading truck. May transport new automobiles or trucks from manufacturers or rail terminals to dealers and be designated Transport Driver. May drive tractor with two trailers hitched in tandem and be designated Double-Bottom Driver. May drive tractor-trailer combination to deliver poles for utility and construction companies and be designated Pole-Truck Driver. May work as member of two-person team driving tractor with sleeper bunk behind cab and be designated Long-Haul-Sleeper Driver. May drive tractor-trailer combination to deliver or spray water and be designated Water-Truck Driver I.

Should I be a Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Commercial Trailer Truck Driver, Contract Mail Carrier, Garbage Collector Driver, Tractor-Trailer Driver See More

    How to Become a
    Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver

    Most Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Doctorate degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9taaab&chl=no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2823%25%29||||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,75,75
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