Diesel Truck Drivers

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Diesel Truck Drivers

Diesel Truck Drivers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, heavy truck drivers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Communicate with others by phone and in person on a daily basis. They also communicate by e-mail, but far less frequently.
  • Are very responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Occasionally deal with unpleasant or angry people.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work inside an enclosed vehicle while driving and outdoors while loading and unloading.
  • Work in close proximity to others while loading and unloading.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting.
  • Usually work in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions.
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  • Sometimes work in cramped spaces that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Are frequently exposed to contaminants
  • Wear protective or safety gear almost every day.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done.
  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere and meet daily deadlines.
  • Frequently make decisions that impact others.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities most days.
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  • Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of equipment or machinery.


  • Usually work an irregular schedule that changes based on weather and demand.
  • May work days, evenings, or weekends.
  • Often work more than 40 hours a week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.