Without truckers, big rig drivers, 18-wheeler operators – most formally known as professional truck drivers – the United States economy would be in disarray. Supermarket shelves wouldn’t be packed to the brim, carefully “faced” – the term to describe the action when supermarket employees arrange all products so they look nice and tidy in the name of impressing consumers – or be able to purchase almost anything for arguably cheaper than at the vast majority of nearby competing stores.
The US is home to about 3.5 million professional truck drivers. Every two years, they have to report to a US Department of Transportation physical examination to certify they’re ready to go. Conducted by US DOT medical examiners, it’s clear that they’ve got busy, busy jobs.
And That Means They’re Never Running Out Of Work
According to the US Bureau of
No Medical Examiner Is Grounded In Their Career Path
Don’t get it twisted – the path to becoming a United States Department of Transportation medical examiner is long, twisted, and grueling. One of the first and most important steps to hit along the way is obtaining a professional degree to practice medicine. This degree is highly flexible; doctors simply must complete another residency for three years to practice another specialty like family medicine – that’s all it takes to be whatever kind of doctor one wants to be.
Residencies And Fellowships – Fun, Fun, Fun
Medical examiners who work for the United States Department of Transportation are required to follow a residency program of anatomical pathology, a discipline that typically requires three years to complete; afterward, a fellowship in forensic pathology is required – it lasts at least 2 years.
It’s Getting More Popular, Too
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that this position’s demand will grow about 14 percent of the next decade.
DOT medical examiners make more than their fair share of salary – they also rake in major insurance packages, bonuses, local political clout, and solid retirement programs. Their licenses also last for 10 years at a time.