Commercial Truck Driving
Would You Enjoy A Career Like This?
America needs more truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association, more than 70 percent of all consumer goods in the U.S. are moved by truck. Do you enjoy traveling or working independently? You might enjoy a career as a truck driver! Whether you want to deliver cargo or passengers, getting your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is the first step.
There are a lot of options for truck drivers, from driving local routes to driving all over the country. Once you get your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and any required special endorsements (depending on your cargo,) these opportunities will be open to you.
As a Commercially Licensed driver, you will, of course, need to be willing drive, must pay attention to details, and may need to be able to help unload cargo.
Truck driver with truck
What This Career Could Mean For You
A 2017 report by the American Trucking Association said that this industry needs to hire almost 900,000 more drivers to meet the rising demand Employment of truck drivers is expected to increase by about 6% over the 2016-26 decade. As a driver, you could travel the country, work locally, drive a bus, or work a steady route.
Depending on the type of vehicle, cargo, and driving you do, commercial drivers can earn more than $60,000 a year. with some companies offering signing bonuses.
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training at HCC
This program will train you to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) A or B (upon passing the MVA test) that prepares you to drive eighteen-wheel vehicles (Class A) or school buses/concrete mixers, etc. (Class B). Passenger endorsement courses are also available.
Valid driver’s license
Good driving record
Pass a Department of Transportation drug screen and physical
Read and speak the English language
Pass a basic math and reading test
No felonies within the past 5 years
No DUIs or DWIs in the past 10 years
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