Common jobs that involve driving a car include working as a chauffeur, taxi driver or food delivery driver. Trained and licensed drivers can also potentially find work as a stunt driver for movies, a courier delivering packages locally or a test driver for new vehicles from major manufacturers.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job opportunities for taxi drivers and chauffeurs are expected to increase by about 16 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is faster than the average for all American jobs. The requirements for professional drivers depend on state and local rules. Some municipalities require that drivers have just a standard driver's license, while others require the driver to obtain a special taxi license or chauffeur's license before transporting people for pay. Drivers who transport goods, including food delivery drivers, typically only need a standard local driver's license. Many common driving jobs involve variable hours, and the pay for common driving jobs typically includes both an hourly wage or salary and tips from customers.
Many professional drivers still work for taxi companies or chauffeur services, but app-based ride-sharing companies offer another job option for drivers in many cities around the United States. These services let drivers use their personal vehicles to transport paying customers, essentially creating a freelance option for individuals who want to have a driving job without involving an employer.