Truck Driver

Transportation and Distribution

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Hauling cattle allows you to meet new people, see new places, and play an essential role in the success of the beef industry. 

Jordan Lynn, GJ Cattle & Crop Inc.
Truck Driver

In A Nutshell

I load animals onto my truck, and drive them where my customers need them to go

I wash my truck, trailer, and equipment very well to keep the animals I’m hauling healthy and safe

I grow positive relationships with my customers to make sure I get paid on time and so they trust me with all their future trucking needs

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Potential Salary Range

$36,000 - $70,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
Alberta
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
Manitoba
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Nunavut NU
Nunavut
Northwest Territories NWT
Northwest Territories
Ontario ON
Ontario
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Quebec
Saskwatchewan SK
Saskwatchewan
Yukon Territories YT
Yukon Territories

Truck driving can mean long hours on the road, but the scenery always changes and every day is a different adventure. Plus I get to work totally independently and set my own timelines.

Workplace

Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Drive livestock to/from farms and markets
  • Clean and inspect truck/trailer and make sure everything is in working order
  • Keep records of mileage and expenses
  • Work with customers and arrange pickups and drop-offs
  • Keep an eye on the health and wellbeing of the livestock being hauled
  • Handle animals to get them onto and off of the trailer safely

Education & Training

  • A high school diploma is usually required
  • A CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) is needed
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Job Outlook

    The future job market for prospective truck drivers is considered excellent! The demand for truck drivers is expected to grow 17% over the rest of the decade. In 2020, it was predicted that the industry would be short 25,000-30,000 drivers.

Related School Subjects

69 Math
Practical Applied Arts
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Driving Travelling Livestock

Important Skills

Money Management

Many truck drivers work for themselves, so good money management and financial skills are important parts of being self employed

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Interpersonal

As a trucker, your business will only be as good as the relationship with your customers

Planning

Trucking requires driving long distances and meeting tight deadlines, this takes lots of planning to make sure I’m keeping to my schedule

Organizational

I have to keep very good track of my mileage and gas costs so I can be sure I’m charging a reasonable amount for my services

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The Best Things About This Job Are…

Independent Work
Opportunity to travel
Flexible Work Environment
Working with Animals