There are several different driver options from which to choose, based upon your career goals and interests. First you can choose between being a “solo driver” or a “team driver.” Oftentimes team drivers are comprised of married couples, partners or friends. Team drivers can log more miles because the truck never stops moving (your partner drives while you rest and vice versa), and they can split the compensation. Another option is to be a “dedicated driver,” which means you drive for a single company and typically spend more time at home (or work as a driver trainer once you’ve had a chance to gain experience). Another option is that you can be an “Owner Operator,” which means you own the truck you drive, which places all ownership responsibilities entirely on you (insurance, maintenance, etc.)
Of course, there are a multitude of driver jobs available (too many to mention here) and they can vary in nature. For example, drivers can be involved in hauling local and regional where you’re home daily; intra-state and over-the-road (OTR) that could require over-night stays; freight of different nature, such as hazmat (hazardous materials), bulk, intermodal, flatbed, and heavy haul (oversized), expedited, and less-than-truckload (LTL); and different industries such as construction, food and beverage, retail, animal transport, sanitation.