Jul 28, 2010 9:14 PM by Ariel Wesler
If you're one of many still on the job hunt, listen up. A local trucking company in Santa Maria is hiring. Certified Freight Logistics hauls mainly fruits and vegetables throughout the western United States.
For Santa Maria truck driver Mike Sheehan, the open road is his office and he says it's not a bad day job.
"Everyday you wake up to a new scenery and you meet a lot of different people out here and there's a lot of nice people out here. There's like a trucking family," Sheehan said.
Even with the economic downturn, the trucking industry still suffers from one of the highest turnover rates in the nation.
"Sometimes the dispatchers will push them and they got to go go go and they get worn out and all beat up," Sheehan said.
And Mike's employer, Certified Freight Logistics, has a growing need for drivers.
"Truck drivers now are in that baby boomer era. They're getting ready to retire or they're starting to age out. . . .Anyone can't do it. You have to be healthy enough to jump in a trailer and do the work that's required," said Christopher Gaston, CFL's Director of Business Development.
Pay ranges from $30,000 to $70,000 per year depending on how many miles you travel and how much you want to work. Drivers are often gone one to two weeks at a time.
"Being away from the home and being away from the kids is the roughest part of the job," Sheehan said.
A job the 17-year-veteran says is what you make it at times lonely but often adventurous and filled with diversions.
"I know guys that bring bicycles with them, fishing rods with them. . .just so the job doesn't eat them up," Sheehan said.
While many industries face a long economic road to recovery, Mike is confident he'll keep on truckin'.
"I always figured I'll be working because people need to eat, and I need to haul it to them," Sheehan said.
A local truck driving school in Santa Maria says it's seen a 20 percent increase in enrollment over the last year.
CFL says experience is a plus but not required. For more information on how to apply for a job as a trucker, click here.
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