Garbage Truck Driver

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Think truck driver and you’re probably not thinking about waste disposal. But maybe you should be. These drivers earn good money, great benefits and they’re home every night. They don’t work weekends, and they don’t need a college degree.

“You have the ability to make an impact every day,” says Rod Cross, recruiter for Waste Management, a company that vigorously recruits veterans. “Safety is key, so if you are someone that is attentive to detail and takes pride in their work, driving could be for you. You are part of a team, so camaraderie is prevalent at our shops. You have great benefits and overtime potential, are home every night and rarely, if ever, work weekends.”

Drivers at WM make about $55,000 a year, plus benefits. And there’s plenty of room for promotion, Cross says.

“WM has a long history of promoting drivers to lead or trainer positions, and for the best leaders they can promote into management with no degree,” he says.

WM already employs 3,000 veterans. So if you can get past the stereotype, this could be an excellent post-military career.

“Don’t let ‘trash talk’ keep you from investigating the very real career opportunities at Waste Management,” Cross says. “We are, after all, No. 1 in environmental solutions and we are a Fortune 200 company. So maybe there is more to us than just trash. We like to believe that we are helping to change the world for the better.”

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