A career change to truck driver jobs can be a good move for the right person in the right situation. A trucking career for the wrong person however can be pretty ugly. Let’s do a self assessment and to see if trucking is the right career change for you and your family. Making a career change? Considering becoming a truck driver? Truck drivers make a pretty decent living,$25,000 to $35,000 their first year. (I know that’s lower than what you see advertised.