Without truck drivers on the road, companies would have a difficult time transporting their goods. With the increase in online shopping, there’s also been an increased need for fast and reliable delivery. Whether it’s food for grocery stores, products for small businesses, or materials for contractors and construction companies, truck drivers are in demand as a career.
Despite the demand, there has been a shortage of truck drivers in the industry for a few years now. Because of the shortage, there are many truck driving jobs open in the United States. So if you’re struggling to find work perhaps you should look into becoming a truck driver. We’ll discuss the benefits of driving commercial trucks as a career, so you can make up your mind if it is for you.
You can earn a starting salary of up to $30,000 annually depending on the company you work for, and the type of trucking work you do. If you have more than six years of experience in the industry you can get up to $55,000 annually. Your salary is likely to increase if you stay with the same company.
You’re able to earn a higher salary if you’re transporting hazardous goods such as:
- Toxic chemicals
- Petroleum products
Special training is required for people who transport dangerous cargo, as you’ll need to know how to react fast in an event of an accident. If you don’t mind the extra risk to get better salary, you can make much better money.
One of the advantages of becoming a truck driver is how quick and easy it is to obtain qualifications. To become a truck driver you need to do the following:
- Study yourcommercial driver’s manual. It will tell you all you need to know about obtaining your CDL.
- Attend a truck driving school to obtain a valid CDL (Commercial Drivers License) from your state of residence.
- Attend any company-provided training, with usually low fees or tuition reimbursements if you pass your training and take a position with the company.
- Submit a clean driving record.
- Pass a drug test and alcohol test.
- Undergo a physical examination to see if you’re healthy enough to be on the road.
Some driving schools will only accept applicants who are 21 years of age or older. Before signing up with a school check their requirements to see if you qualify. If you meet all of the requirements and you have all your qualifications you can start looking for work.
Enjoy Easy Job Placement Services
If you’re lucky, your truck driving school may offer job placements. Truck driving schools often have connections with local, regional and national truck companies. If you graduate your truck driving school may be able to find you a job within one to two months.
So if you’re asking yourself whether truck driving is a worthy career, the answer is yes. Not only will you be filling a small gap in the industry, but you’ll also benefit immensely. A high paying salary and easy qualifications withmedical benefits. What more could you ask for?