When you think of a professional driver, you may well picture a trucker, spending long hours covering thousands of miles to deliver their cargo to places across the length and breadth of the country. While long distance truck driving can be lucrative and is well suited to people who enjoy driving and don’t mind the solitude, it isn’t for everyone. However, if you want to turn driving into a career, there are plenty of other things you can do. Here are just some of the different careers in driving:
Public Transport and Taxis
If you don’t mind driving around the same places every day and like the idea of a job where you get to see lots of different people, driving a bus or coach can be a good way to do it. These may not be the most well paid driving jobs, but there is usually job security and the hours are structured. You can train to get a license that will allow you to drive buses and then you can apply for work with local or national bus and coach firms, or private travel companies. Alternatively, if you just want to drive cars and like the idea of getting to properly talk to passengers, driving a taxi, minicab or even limousine can be a good option, you don’t need a special driver’s license but you will need to be registered in your city or area. These jobs can be quite lucrative in some cities and you can choose the hours you work.
Couriers and Delivery Drivers
Couriers and delivery drivers take cargo to places that are normally far closer in range than where truck drivers tend to go to. You can deliver all kinds of things, from mail and takeaway food to really important stuff like organs for transplant operations! Couriers tend to ride motorcycles unless they are delivering something large, because it allows them to get to their destinations faster through traffic. The more important your cargo is (either to the recipients or the company you work for), the better the pay is likely to be, so being reliable and fast is important to help you get the best jobs. Other jobs in a similar vein include removal drivers and drivers who work for furniture and appliance stores taking purchases to people’s houses.
If you like the idea of working with interesting and powerful machinery, there are plenty of possibilities in working with driving industrial or agricultural machinery or transporting it. Machinery movers, and people who drive everything from tractors to cranes are highly trained professionals who are licensed and insured to operate all kinds of pretty cool heavy machinery! You can learn how to do these kinds of jobs on an apprenticeship basis in many cases, and are likely to have to sit various certification tests to add different classes of vehicle and machinery to the things you are permitted to drive.
As you can see, there are lots of jobs you can do where you get to drive things, and some you can do even with just the skills to drive a car or ride a motorcycle. Driving can be a great way to make a living and can allow you to work with interesting machines or meet lots of different people. If you are interested in working as a professional driver, why not take a look at opportunities and licensing requirements in your local area?
The author of this post, Danny Sawyer, is an employee at Halbert Brothers In, a company which offers full service machinery rigging and erecting. Whenever he isn’t busy, he enjoys exploring different places. He is also very fond of listening to music.