If you like to drive and are looking for work, you’re in luck. There’s a real need for drivers at the moment, which means companies are offering high salaries and great benefits.
As a driver you can work full-time or part-time, and you can work with others or by yourself. Working hours are usually quite flexible, and salaries can be very high as there is a large and growing shortage. In fact, the American Trucking Association has estimated that there may be a shortage of 160,000 truck drivers alone by 2030.¹ Often it’s possible to find driving jobs with no or minimal experience required. Here are some of the top driving jobs opportunities worth considering today.
1. Bus Driver
Bus drivers help school students get from home to school, assist hotels in getting clients from the hotel to a point of interest, and help bands and famous entertainers tour around the globe. Bus driving can be done full or part-time, and tend to offer flexible working hours. Many bus driving jobs allow for sizeable breaks during off-periods in the day. It’s worth noting that becoming a bus driver requires a Class B Commercial Driver’s License, but this doesn’t take too long and can be received in around 150 hours from a specialist school.²
2. Taxi Driver
Becoming a taxi driver is a great option for drivers who like to work with other people. As a taxi driver, you’ll help clients get from one place to another. If you like making small talk, driving around your locale, and getting paid to do so, working as a taxi driver could be a perfect fit. There’s usually no experience or educational requirements necessary to get started (unless required by your state), although you certainly need a driver’s license along with good driving skills. Taxi drivers can often work incredibly flexible hours, with apps like Uber allowing one to work whenever convenient. With Uber and similar apps you can even work in your spare time alongside whatever other full-time responsibilities you may have.³
Chauffeurs tend to drive important or high-net-worth individuals to their desired locations with the goal of creating a very pleasant experience for them. Chauffeurs may drive limousines, cars, and vans depending on the needs or desires of the typical client. They will often build relationships with a select group of clients and it’s common to get to drive in very high end automobiles. As a starting chauffeur, you will typically work for an agency with the possibility of branching out on your own after gaining more experience.⁴
4. Delivery Truck Driver
Delivery truck drivers transport products to clients around the country. They are responsible for making sure the right amount of product goes to the right place, using scanners and other tools to assist in their work. As a delivery truck driver, valued traits include the ability to comfortably handle driving a large vehicle, customer service skills, and basic yet proficient numerical skills.⁵ No advanced academic experience tends to be required, but long-haul drivers will need to possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL usually requires passing a knowledge test and a driving test.⁶
5. Driving Instructor
If you’re someone who likes working with others and receives satisfaction from helping people, becoming a driving instructor can be a fulfilling job. Instructors are responsible for teaching others to become safe and competent drivers. Teaching can occur both behind the wheel and in a classroom setting. Driving instructors can either work for themselves or with other businesses. In order to qualify to become an instructor, you need to participate in driving instructor training through the DMV. Once that has been complete, you will be eligible to apply for a license. You’ll also need to pass an instructor’s driving test, a vision test, a written test, and a road sign test. However, no formal university degree is required.⁷
Thanks to the variety of driving jobs and high demand on the market, it’s possible to find a flexible and high paying job for people of all skills, interests, and qualifications. Work full-time or part-time, on your own or with clients, or drive locally or long-distance. The options are endless. It only takes a bit of online research to get started with a great new job today.