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Being a cross country courier is no easy task, as it takes a long time to drive from one place to the other and you are often carrying precious cargo in a large truck or vehicle. These jobs require good, attentive drivers who can drive in just about any condition for an extended period of time. There are a variety of different cross country courier jobs in a number of different industries.
Package Delivery Drivers
Many truck drivers must drive from one end of the country to the other on a regular basis to deliver goods or packages to recipients who need them to run their businesses or carry on with their lives. For example, UPS and FedEx, among other major package delivery services, have ground transportation delivery services that require drivers to load their trucks full of packages and drive from one shipping center to another at the opposite end of the country. These truck couriers are regularly driving the biggest vehicles on the road and can make close to $100,000 dollars a year, depending on how much they work and how good of a job they do.
Entertainment Company Trucks
When a television show or film is set to shoot in an out-of-the-way location on the opposite side of the country, a group of teamsters or truck drivers is hired to become the courier for all of the equipment, trailers and production facilities needed to properly shoot the television show or film. These productions rely on these couriers to not only bring the trucks holding the equipment and facilities to set, but also to upkeep and protect them so the production can efficiently move from one location to the next. Most of the couriers hired as couriers for entertainment industry jobs must be in the teamsters union and are paid union rates for their work.
Cross country moving companies are another form of courier that helps individuals load up their apartments or homes into the back of a moving truck and go from one side of the country to the other without damaging anything inside. These couriers must not only load all of the furniture and valuables from the house into the back of a moving truck, but they must secure it and check on it regularly throughout the trip so that it is not damaged en route. These cross country couriers make different amounts of money, depending on if they are self-employed or work through a unionized moving company.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Daniel Westlake has written under pen names for a myriad of publications all over the nation, ranging from national magazines to local papers. He now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. but regularly travels around the country and abroad, exploring and experiencing everything he can.