The days of driving a heavy-duty, 1,000-pound tractor are over for some young truck drivers.
Today, there are millions of truckers in America, and the demand for trucking jobs is skyrocketing.
For young truckers, driving a truck is more than just an experience—it’s a passion.
“You get to work with people who are just as passionate about it as you are,” said David Smith, a former trucking instructor who is now vice president of operations at Truck Sales, a trucking business in Santa Fe, N.M. “It’s an opportunity for you to do what you love and that’s to do your job, to make money.”
The job of a trucker is to haul heavy-weight vehicles on highways.
In recent years, truckers have made some big bucks.
They’re being called on to haul large trucks, which are typically a different type of vehicle from trucks, with a capacity of about 500 to 1,500 pounds.
The jobs are not as lucrative as truck driving, but the trucking industry is growing.
In 2000, there were 2.7 million truckers and their families, according to the National Association of Truck Drivers, which represents truckers.
Now, there’s a lot more interest.
“We have people from every country, all walks of life, and we are seeing a lot of job growth in the truck sector,” said Dave DeAngelo, the owner of Truck Sales.
DeAngelo said the demand is “growing by leaps and bounds,” as truckers age and find a more lucrative career.
The average age of trucking drivers has dropped from 33 to 23 since 2007.
Truckers are also getting older.
“They’re getting older,” said Smith, “and we’re seeing a huge decline in the size of trucks.”
While truckers are becoming more common in the U.S., they’re not the only ones.
A new study from the University of Nebraska found that truckers were the second most popular occupation among millennials in the country.
While trucking has grown in popularity, there has been a decline in truckers’ numbers.
“The number of people that we hire is not increasing,” said DeAngelo.
In fact, the number of jobs has actually decreased.
“When we hired our truckers 20 years ago, we were going to have a million trucks,” DeAngelo told the AP.
“Now, we’re not even looking at a million.”
The number of truck drivers nationwide is now roughly equal to the number who have been employed full time for more than five years.
But truckers also make a lot less than other types of workers, and that means they can’t make a living.
They must pay for food, rent, utilities and other expenses.
They also have to take care of themselves.
“There’s no way to really live in a world of comfort and stability,” said John McInnis, a professor at the University in St. Louis who specializes in the labor market.
McInnes said the number one problem truckers face is not pay, but lack of insurance.
“Insurance is a huge problem for them, because they’re being driven by their own insurance company to pay for it,” he said.
“And it’s the reason why they can make a very, very good living.”
Many of the truckers surveyed by the AP also have health issues that make them hesitant to work for a truck.
“I would say they’re probably less satisfied with their jobs, because I can’t say they feel safe,” said one former trucker.
“That’s not the way I felt working as a truck driver.”
Truck drivers have been forced to choose between a job that pays well and a job they don’t like.
“If you can’t afford to live in your car for two weeks, you don’t want to work,” said a truck company worker.
But there are ways to keep your trucker career alive.
The National Association for Trucking Education, a trade association of truck companies, has created a training program that teaches truckers how to earn a living from trucking.
The group has also put in place a system for truckers to report their own health issues, so they can get reimbursed if they’re sick or injured.
The association also has created an app that provides truckers with the ability to call their employer and discuss health issues and problems with the trucker they are working with.
“What the industry is trying to do is give us the information we need to make sure we’re making the right decisions and staying safe,” Smith said.
The job market is not the sole reason many truckers make their living.
Trucking also helps to keep many truck drivers employed.
Truck drivers make less than their peers who work in other industries, like construction and food service, said McInns.
“For people that are trying to break into the industry, trucking is the way to