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7 jobs that put you in the driver's seat

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For some of us, working in the same place every day pales in comparison to hitting the open road ... or the open sky, or the open water. The jobs listed below will sate your wanderlust and provide a living. The salaries are national averages provided by CBSalary.com, and the job outlook information comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and covers the decade 2010-2020.

1. Truck drivers
This job usually means driving long distances in a big rig -- at least 26,000 pounds. Some jobs involve loading and unloading cargo as well.
What they need: A high school diploma, some work experience and a commercial driver's license
What they earn: $44,445
Job outlook: 21 percent job growth, for a projected 330,100

2. Delivery drivers
FedEx, UPS and DHL are just a few of the companies that hire workers to deliver packages within cities or certain proscribed areas.
What they need: A high school diploma, completion of a training program and a valid state driver's license
What they earn: $41,623
Job outlook: 15 percent growth, for a projected 125,600 new jobs

3. Subway and streetcar operators
This job usually means working for a city transit authority, and often involves union membership.
What they need: A high school diploma, completion of a training program
What they earn: $72,307
Job outlook: 10 percent, for a projected 600 new jobs

4. Bus drivers
This job varies depending on the route: to school, through city streets or across the country, either on an intercity bus or a charter bus that takes customers on sightseeing tours.
What they need: A high school diploma, completion of a training program and a commercial driver's license
What they earn: $39,347
Job outlook: 13 percent growth, for a projected 83,000 new jobs

5. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
Driving a taxi or a limo can be tough work, but the barriers to entry are low and some drivers can operate on flexible schedules.
What they need: Completion of a short training program and a taxi or limo license in some states
What they earn: $32,269
Job outlook: 20 percent growth, for a projected 47,000 new jobs

6. Commercial and airline pilots
Airline pilots transport people and cargo, and commercial pilots fly aircraft for rescue missions, crop dusting or other purposes. Even though computers do much of the actual flying these days, this job carries so much responsibility for life and limb that the pay is (appropriately) high.
What they need: Flight experience (either in the military or through a flight school accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration), at least two years of college, a commercial pilot's license, airline certification and an instrument rating (which entitles them to fly solely with the use of flight instruments during periods of low visibility)
What they earn: $105,802
Job outlook: Employment of commercial pilots is expected to grow 21 percent between 2010 and 2020, for a projected 6,900 new jobs. Airline pilots are expected to see 6 percent growth during that period, for a projected 4,500 new jobs.

7. Merchant mariners
Merchant mariners work on a wide variety of vessels, from cruise ships to cargo ships to ferries.
What they need: Requirements vary but may include the Transportation Worker Identification Credential from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a Merchant Marine Credential
What they earn: $70,452
Job outlook: 20 percent growth, for a projected 16,700 new jobs



Last Updated: 02/05/2012 - 3:23 PM


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