Truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport lumber and other wood products over the road. They can work directly for forest products companies or they may be self-employed. There are also truckers who work on special-purpose trucks, and there are shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots. 

other titles

Bulk Goods Truck Driver, Heavy Truck, Tractor-Trailer Driver


There are no formal educational requirements, but drivers must maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with all required endorsements. Driver training courses are available at many community colleges.

earning potential

  • Average Annual Salary: $48,000

  • Average Hourly Rate: $23/hour


  • Ensure cargo is properly secured

  • Maintain log books

  • Perform pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection of equipment and accessories

  • Plan trip logistics and obtain required documentation to transport goods

This job is right for you if...

  • You enjoy a change of scenery

  • You like the open road

  • You enjoy working on your own

  • You are a self starter

  • You like big machines


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