For decades, trucking jobs were careers that only men pursued. According to the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, women currently hold 5 percent of all trucking jobs. That number is continuing to slowly rise, however, thanks in part to women truck drivers like Carol Baier, who has been driving an 18-wheeler for almost 16 years. She says it hasn’t been easy having trucking jobs in a male-dominated profession, but she’s battled through, shrugged off the naysayers, and has made a wonderful living doing what she loves to do.
Carol didn’t start out in life with the dream of becoming a truck driver, although many others in her family were. She tried her hand at a number of different careers, but says she got bored with them all, so she figured she’d give trucking jobs a try. She instantly got hooked, and fell in love with the lifestyle and freedom. She hasn’t looked back since.
Being a female truck driver hasn’t been easy, Carol says. It’s not the work; she doesn’t mind that at all. But in a profession where men are seen as the dominant players, she has had to endure the jeers and sneers of some male drivers who see her as an intruder in their world. She just lets it go in one ear and out the other, though. “They talk. I don’t. I let my driving speak for me,” she says. She has a good story to tell, too. Sixteen years in the industry says she’s doing everything right.
Carol has had a number of different trucking jobs since starting out, but for the past four years she’s been a company driver with Transport America—and couldn’t be happier. “I love Transport America,” Carol shares, “because they don’t discriminate. The company’s easy to work with, and my dispatcher and I have a great working relationship. I got home when I need to, time, and they’re fair with pay. Some companies go strictly by seniority for pay raises and truck upgrades, but not Transport America. They pay for performance, and as long as I come out here and do my job, I’m treated the same as everyone else.
Carol doesn’t plan on quitting trucking jobs anytime soon. She has the perfect set-up for her situation and lifestyle. She stays on the road three to four weeks at a time, then comes home and gets four to five days to relax and recuperate. During her off time, she likes to watch cable TV, tend to her spread of land in Kentucky, and fish. When she’s on the road, she carries her Pilates mat along so she can get some exercise in each day, and loves to read for relaxation when she’s not driving. Carol Baier is a role model for women with trucking jobs, and she’s giving her male counterparts a run for their money.
If you’re a female truck driver and have been looking for the perfect company to work for, join the Transport America team by visiting their website.