Become A Truck Driver With Little Or No Requirements

Are you thinking of making a career change? Or you’re just entering the workforce for the first time? Truck driving is an incredibly advantageous option. 


Trucking is perfect for anyone looking for something completely different from office life and careers can be tailored to individual preferences, making it a great option for almost anyone.


They say this country couldn’t run without truck drivers. The American Trucking Association (ATA) says the trucking industry provides one out of every 16 American jobs for a whopping 7.3 million jobs, and the industry is still growing. There are more truck driving jobs available than there are truck drivers.


Trucking will always be in demand and truck drivers have job security that many other professions don’t have. Once you have your CDL, you’re set for life in this career.


Why Get A CDL (Commercial Driving License)

 

A CDL has a wide variety of interesting jobs and you can choose which suits you better. You can explore the really exciting career paths of a truck driver, including non-driving jobs, such as a truck driving school instructor or a dispatcher.


The Class A CDL is required if you want to operate a commercial vehicle. Truck drivers are allowed to operate vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 26,000 pounds (or if the GVWR of the towed vehicle is in excess of 10,000 pounds), for example, transporting hazardous materials or bus driving.


4 Reasons to Start Trucking Right Now


Truck drivers are in especially high demand
Over the past few years, there’s been a high demand for truckers and not enough drivers to fill the positions. By getting your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), you put yourself in a position to find lucrative work incredibly quickly.


Truck driving is extremely profitable.

Even though most of us don’t stop and think about how our everyday materials get from Point A to Point B, truck driving is essential to our economy and everyday lives. Because of this, truckers have the opportunity to make great money. A lot of factors play into just how much a CDL driver can make, but on average, first-year drivers make about $40,000. Drivers are paid per mile, so it’s often up to the driver and how much they want to drive at a time. Not to mention, companies sometimes offer certain bonus opportunities such as fuel efficiency bonuses and safety pay.


Truck driving allows for tons of flexibility.

One of the best things about a career in trucking is how flexible it is. No matter your personal preferences, chances are, truck driving can work for you. Because drivers are paid per mile, they typically have the ability to choose their own hours and drive when it suits them, whether that be for long periods of time or with frequent breaks. Lone wolf drivers can drive by themselves, or some people choose to drive as part of a team. Plus—some carriers even allow pets!


Truck driving offers great benefits.

Not only is trucking great for the short-term in terms of salary, but it’s also incredibly advantageous in the long term. In addition to the great starting salary, truckers also enjoy job security knowing their jobs can’t be outsourced to other countries. Depending on your carrier, many truckers also have access to medical and dental insurance, a 401k plan, and life insurance.



4 Other Exciting Jobs a Class A CDL Can Offer


Delivery Truck Driver 

Becoming a delivery truck driver is a great option to earn. You will transport packages and goods from suppliers to consumers, throughout the country, for example, purchases from Amazon, Walmart etc. A truck driver delivers everything from food, furniture, livestock and more. The additional requirement for you will be to transport the products from the supplier to the customers safely, undamaged and on time. The estimated annual salary is approximately $30,000 – $35,000, depending on your past employment experience and your state.


Bus Drivers 

If you’re looking for a CDL job that allows you to stay closer to your home, you have an opportunity to become a transit and intercity bus driver. Driving the same daily bus routes, your task will be to provide public transportation for people throughout a city or community. Also, some specific responsibilities will be offering general advice on directions, collecting payment from passengers, and possibly helping some people to load the luggage on and off of the bus. To be a bus driver you need to have at least a GED and clean driving history. This is an excellent job for those who want to interact with the public, and not be away from home for long periods of time or be required to work overnight. According to Payscale.com, the estimated annual salary is approximately $30,000 – $40,000, depending on your past employment experience and your state.


Truck Driving School Teachers 

If you’re looking for a non-driving career, a truck driving school instructor is a good option for you. Truck driving schools need retired truck drivers as teachers for the next generation of CDL drivers. But certain states require a minimum of years of driving experience for truck driving institute instructors. So if you want to apply for these types of CDL jobs, contact your local DMV prior. Your responsibility as a truck driving school instructor will be to coach new students on how properly and safely drive their trucks. According to Monster.com, truck driving school instructors can earn approximately $22,000 – $51,000 depending on location and past experience.


Dispatcher 

You have plenty of career options with your commercial driver’s license even if you aren’t interested in CDL driver jobs anymore. Not all CDL jobs require truck driving! If you are looking for a different, rewarding career path, explore dispatcher jobs. A dispatcher is a middle man between the truck driver and the carrier and is responsible for managing truck drivers. They also track vehicles and equipment as it travels and helps to solve certain issues when necessary. According to Monster.com, the estimated salary range is between $40,000 – $45,000, depending on your state and past job experience.


While the current high demand for truckers makes now the perfect time to jumpstart your career, truck driving is a great option for a lucrative long-term job. Not only will you see financial benefits from the get-go, but the job consistency and reliability will extend for years to come. 


Furthermore, If you’re looking for a new, rewarding career using your CDL, there are plenty of opportunities for you to choose from. After completing truck driving school and receiving your commercial driver’s license, you would be able to choose which kind of CDL jobs you would like and find the right company to work at.


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