Ever wonder what the benefits are to going to truck driving school? Imagine a career where you can be job-ready in as little as three months, earn higher-than-average income, and benefit from increased job opportunities!
- Finish school faster.
A lot of occupations require that interested students complete a bachelor’s degree program, or at least an associate’s degree program, to successfully find a job in the field. The benefit of becoming a truck driver is that you can get recruited by a trucking company straight out of school, which typically consists of a specialized truck driving program that only lasts three to six months. That means that your tuition will cost less and you can start earning a regular salary sooner! Oftentimes once you are hired by a company you will receive additional training, but this will be on-the-job, so you will still be able to get started delivering cargo around the country. You will have to get a CDL (commercial driver’s license) in order to be a truck driver, but many truck driving schools offer you the opportunity to take the CDL test at the end of the course. You will most likely have to take both a written and driving test to obtain a CDL. If you plan on hauling a specialized type of cargo, such as hazardous materials, you may have to train to get specific endorsements on your license, which will qualify you to handle such material. Once you become a truck driver, the only additional testing you will receive is random drug testing to ensure that you are staying safe and sober while on the road.
- Earn more with less education.
The average salary for a trucker is $38,200 a year. The lowest 10% of earners ( a category you might fall into if you are just starting out or work in certain industries) bring home about $25,110 a year, while the highest 10% of earners (a category you might break into with a lot of experience or by working in certain industries or geographic locations) make more than $58,910 a year. The average truck driver’s salary is more than the average salary across all occupations ($34,750) and considerably more than the average for other motor vehicle operator occupations ($32,800). Not only that, but it is not common for you to find a career with earning potential close to $60,000 that also requires such minimal education beyond high school. And with fewer or no student loans to pay off, more of that money will go straight into your bank account!
- Take advantage of job growth.
The truck driving occupation is expected to see about average job growth from 2012 to 2022, which means that there will be more than 192,000 new jobs in the next decade. A lot of the job growth is expected because the economy is growing, which means that there will be an increase demand for goods that need shipping. Trucks transport most of the merchandise in the United States, so the more consumers spend, the more work truckers will have. Although there will be competition from railway transporters as companies try to save money on diesel fuel, there is unlikely to be much threat since trucking is much more efficient. This is especially true considering consumers often demand that goods reach them in a short period of time – a demand that only truck drivers can meet. The most need for truck drivers will come from the oil and gas industries, which need truckers to transport materials between mining states.