(BPT) - One of the best ways to explore the country is by driving America's highways. You get to meet new people, learn fun and interesting stories, see the sights and wonder at how unique and beautiful the country is.
Want to see America's quirky sights like the largest ball of twine or some of its more touristy destinations like the Statue of Liberty? A road trip is the best way to catch everything. Of course, very few people can afford to just drive the country. This is why a career as a professional truck driver is such a great job opportunity for anyone at any age.
Truck driving is a growing occupation, with an 11 percent growth rate in the industry anticipated between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the American Trucking Associations, there is a truck driver shortage of roughly 25,000 in the United States. With a number of drivers retiring within the next five to 10 years, there will be no shortage of job opportunities for safe and professional drivers.
Drivers can find jobs making local deliveries where they get to spend time at home every day of the week, or they can go out and explore the country, making longer cross-country trips with deliveries.
Plus, the varieties of industries that need truck drivers to transport equipment and products around the country are vast. Depending on what kind of driving career you embark on, you could be delivering home-construction materials one day and cars another.
Neil Kirk a Penske Logistics truck driver and an ATA America’s Road Team Captain, enjoys his career:
"There is nothing that comes close to the feeling I get every day when I'm driving my truck down the highway. When I'm behind the wheel I feel right with the world. Being a truck driver is not just what I do, it's who I am."
If you want to start a truck-driving career, or if you know someone who would enjoy an exciting career as a truck driver, connect with Penske Logistics at www.GoPenske.com/drivers or call 855-CDL-PENSKE.
“We offer excellent pay and benefits and we have jobs openings across the country,” says Jeff Stoicheff, senior vice president of human resources for Penske Logistics. “Many of our 3,600 drivers pilot new equipment, enjoy the customers they service on their routes, and return home to their families each night.”
Truck driving isn't for everyone, but those who embark on this career love the variety it provides. Drivers often need to be independent thinkers and have excellent time-management skills. Additionally, working in an office that's on the road means you’ll have the opportunity to meet people and see the sights of America – all while getting paid.
To learn more about truck-driving opportunities in your neighborhood, visit Penske Logistics' career page at www.gopenske.com/careers.