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What kind of jobs are available for a truck driver?

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Truck driver occupations include long-distance semi-truck drivers, school bus drivers and dump truck drivers, among others. Licensed as commercial drivers, they are grouped into three basic categories and licensed accordingly.

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Class A commercial drivers include drivers of vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds that tow a vehicle or trailer weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Trucks of this type are typically haulers and involve long-range transport, though there is some variation within this category depending on the kind or amount of things the truck transports. Some transport hazardous materials or tanks for liquid cargo, while others transport two or three trailers at a time, but the job requires long trips and unusual hours.

Class B commercial drivers include drivers of vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds that have the ability to tow a vehicle weighing less than 10,000 pounds. These are known as straight trucks and are optimized for shorter trips. A common Class B commercial driver usually makes local deliveries and is home every day.

Class C commercial drivers include drivers of any vehicle or combination of vehicles that do not meet the criteria for Class A or Class B vehicles, but which are still intended to transport 16 or more passengers or carry hazardous waste. This class of commercial driver includes drivers of small buses, like an airport shuttle.

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