Interested in becoming a construction driver or trucker? Curious about what it’ll take? Like in any job there’s positives and drawbacks. Depending on your personality, values, and skills, the positives may outweigh the negatives, or vice-versa.
Like any career, being a construction driver offers some great benefits, however, there are some incredibly important cons to consider. Unlike a typical 9-5 job where you may get a few hours of overtime every month, as a construction driver, you may get a few hours of overtime every day because of the unpredictability of the work. This obviously offers a great potential for high earnings. On the flip side though, doing these overtime hours means being away from loved ones for long periods of time.
In the rest of this article, we examine more positives and negatives of doing a career as a truck driver:
Good Income Potential
Base pay for a construction truck driver isn’t mind-blowing by any means. Often times you’ll start right around $40,000. However, the true potential for earning in this job is with overtime pay. Generally, you can expect time-and-a-half on a construction site for overtime work. This means that just a few hours worked in a week could mean a big increase in your paycheck.
There’s really great potential for growth as a construction truck driver. Once you become fluent in the steps, processes, equipment, and of course skills, the sky is your limit. Whether this means starting your own company, or specializing in a specific discipline, there’s lots of room for growth!
Most often, construction companies would rather promote from within than hire an outside worker. So if you’re able to specialize in a position of need, this is the perfect recipe for fast promotion.
Seasonal layoffs can be a part of any job on a construction site, especially with Canada’s frightful winters. Construction often cut their workforce heavily in the winter when not much can be done on a job site. This is obviously a significant downside of working in the construction industry.
As a general rule, those with least experience are cut first. Bearing this in mind, it’s important to make sure you do everything you can to stand out for your company. Whether that means going to school to specialize, or just making yourself the hardest worker at the site. Job security isn’t a luxury that many young construction truck drivers enjoy.
Don’t mind being in a cold car for long periods of time? Good, because most often construction trucks don’t have heating or air conditioning. As a rule, construction trucks are built for function, not comfort. This means no heated seats, or well anything that makes a car comfortable.
Whether it’s freezing in winter, or sweltering in the summer, the job still needs to get done. This means you have to ready to work in weather that isn’t totally comfortable. There’s really no way around this fact as a construction worker.
Construction truck driving isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It takes extreme concentration and skill to become good at it, and you have to be really dedicated if you’re to experience success. Also, sometimes you’ll be working in extreme weather or at a job site where you’re not sure of your job security one day to the next. However, as a construction truck driver overtime hours are abundant and can add up to make a nice paycheck. Also, the opportunity to grow internally at a firm or even start your own firm makes for intriguing and exciting opportunities.
It’s all a matter of what you want out of your career.
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