Although there is no specific qualification required when you are try to start your career as a trucker, having completed and graduated high school, and knowing traffic rules will help a great deal when you are applying for trucking jobs. There is also a lot of responsibility to be a truck driver; you have to take the fall for anything bad that happens to your shipment. While working with a trucking transportation agency you have be careful that you do not get dragged into transportation of the wrong materials as well as you have to be careful about the amount of goods being transferred. Moreover the job can be quite demanding as at times you will have to go long distances without getting a lot of rest. Also, since the business would depend on the timeliness of delivery you have to be very punctual and particular about your trucking job.
You must attain all the appropriate licenses and permits i.e. Fuel Tax Reporting, USDOT numbers, 2290's, IRP tags, MC numbers and IFTA decals. Additionally, you need to obtain the insurance to operate your truck safely. Make sure that they do not have a habit of drunken driving. Nothing is more detrimental to your trucking job than you getting in an accident and you getting pulled into those legal matters. Try to know people involved in transportation business like shippers and dispatchers. It will build your contacts.
While a majority of people look at high career profiles, a trucking job might seem to be round the corner for you. If you have the intent and the correct attitude getting a job into a trucking transportation agency or any other trucking business will not be very difficult, assuming you have the required licenses.
The scope for such a job around the globe is quite high as well. You can expect anything from $15,000 to $75,000 annually depending on the kind and amount of materials you transfer and the nature of your job. A lot of people are also paid based on the kind of experience they have in handling certain kinds of goods and the specialization they have achieved while working with their previous employers in the trucking business.