Gen-Z—people born after 1996—are entering their adult lives in an environment we’ve never experienced before. The world is still managing the COVID-19 pandemic, the labor market is unlike anything we’ve seen in a long time, and the supply chain is seemingly tied up in knots. Long story, short—it’s a challenging time for Gen-Z-ers to be navigating the first steps in their adult careers.
One career option we think they should consider? Truck driving.
Why Should Gen-Z Consider Becoming Professional Truck Drivers?
1. Earning Potential
If you started driving with Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) as a full-time traditional driver instead of starting college, you would be earning over $80K by the time your friends are graduating from college.
2. No College Debt
On top of great pay and benefits, you wouldn’t be bogged down with student debt as a professional driver. Especially if you attend a Dot-approved driving school and sign up for Dot’s tuition reimbursement program.
You can even make money while getting your CDL if you attend our in-house training school in Williamsport, Maryland.
3. Unlimited Career Potential & Advancement Opportunities
Just because you don’t want to go to college doesn’t mean you won’t have a successful, fulfilling career. At DTI, we have hundreds of drivers who have logged millions of miles with us and have even more drivers who have been professional truck drivers for decades.
Plus, there are people all across the business who started as a truck driver and have moved into other roles, like driver training, transportation management, safety, and warehouse management. Whether you want to be a driver trainer and still be on the road, or move into an office role, such as a transportation manager, you can find your perfect place at Dot.
4. A Job With Freedom
A career in transportation provides you with a certain freedom that a desk job cannot provide. There’s nothing like the rush of driving on the open road.
A lot of drivers say it’s “love at first drive” when they first get behind the wheel of a semi-truck. For others, it takes some time and convincing. But they all turn around and say the job is challenging and rewarding—two things they were looking for in a career.
5. A Job & Schedule to Fit Your Lifestyle
When most people think of a professional truck driver, they think of someone who is gone on the road for weeks at a time. If you drive for DTI, that is not the case.
We offer regional driving positions that get our drivers home multiple days each week. We also provide a variety of schedule options that can help you customize your life and find some work/life balance.
For example, 4×4 Driver Woody loves his schedule because he is home for four days in a row and then on the road for four days. He finds this schedule lets him enjoy life with friends and family, while also making a good living.
Overall, discovering a career in transportation has been life-changing for many of our drivers. Will you be next?