Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver

Career Overview

Tractor-trailer truck drivers move goods and materials long distances using heavy trucks.


A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain these positions. It will be necessary to complete a program in truck driving in order to obtain one of these positions. These programs are typically offered through colleges and truck driving schools. Other training will occur on-the-job.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$27,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Trade-related courses
  • Automotive Repair
Work Environment

Truck drivers generally work for trucking companies, although some are self-employed. This work requires long days of driving (obviously!) and being away from home for long periods of time. It also requires one to be alone. For drivers who load and unload their own trucks, this work can be physically demanding.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks very good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada