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An increasingly popular profession, truck driving has taken our nation's roads and interstates by storm. According to the United States Department of Transportation, over 3 million truck drivers are currently employed nationwide, with that number steadily growing daily. And with the constant need for freight transportation by companies and businesses, this is one job that will be around for a long time.

The qualifications and standards for drivers are governed by State and Federal regulations. Most states allow those who are 18 years or older to drive, while some companies require that the potential driver must be at least 21 years of age. All truck drivers are required to possess a driver's license issued by their state of residence, and most must have a commercial driver's license (CDL). A CDL is required for trucks carrying 26,000 pounds or more, and also those that transport toxic material. To obtain a commercial license, drivers must pass a written test on standard rules and regulations, and then prove that they can manage a commercial truck both smoothly and safely.

The Department of Transportation dictates how many hours that long-distance drivers are allowed to work. These drivers cannot drive more than 60 hours in a 7 day period. Truckers must also stop to rest 10 hours for every 11 hours of driving. Most trucks are now equipped with more comfortable seats and better ventilation, which makes long commutes less strenuous for drivers.

Employment of truck drivers is expected to expand tremendously through the year 2012, as a result of economy growth and the continual demand of freight transportation by truck. The need for long-distance truckers will continue to be at a high level, with positions for shorter commuters a bit more competitive. Openings will vary each year due to the economy, which in turn commands the amount of cargo carried by trucks. GTO 2000 Inc. is looking for carriers in the transportation services industry to become contracted truck brokers.

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