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

education

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: $34,208
  • Average Hourly Rate: $16/hour

responsibilities

  • 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

fw_partners.jpg

our partners

 

By partnering with education and private business, together we can keep Alabama’s economy growing from the ground up. Learn how to get involved. 

fw_mentor.jpg

connect with a mentor

There is an abundance of opportunity to work in forestry. Tell us what career path interests you, and we will do what it takes to get you there.