So you want to be a truck driver. Seeing these big rigs flying down the road is a striking sight and visions of visiting various areas of the country, while driving through the states is attractive. If you are in good physical shape, are healthy, have a good driving record, and can get along with other people, it may be just what you are looking for. Following is what is required to join this group of big-rig cowboys.
One of the best jobs in the world is that of a truck driver. You are on your own while driving, receive a decent wage, and are able to see different parts of the country. Currently there are 1,466,740 drivers in this country with 90 per cent earning $57,480 a year or more. In addition, the US Department of Labor Statistics projects a 13 per cent growth in jobs between now and 2018. There will always be a need for moving products and goods from one location to another.
Currently the highest employment is in General Freight Trucking, followed by Specialized Freight Trucking. General Freight Trucking is the highest paying occupation. To qualify to be a driver you must have a CDL ( Class C) license. You must also be 21 years old if the job involves crossing state lines. Some states require that driver's training course must be completed prior to applying for this license.
Training courses are offered by technical or vocational schools as well as private companies. All must receive certification from the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) to qualify to teach these courses. Some companies have their own training program for people who already have a CDL license. The company training courses are usually 1 to 2 days of classroom instruction and then working with an experienced driver before receiving a driving assignment. And of course it is recommended to ask the trucker!
All truck drivers must comply with Federal and State regulations as well as have a license in the state where they reside. Regulations also require a driver to pass a physical examination every 2 years. Hearing, vision, and good physical condition is also required. Federal regulations require passing a test for alcohol and drug use.
So, if you are interested in having a different experience every day, meeting people, and making lifelong friendships with other drivers, this is the job for you. Any driver will tell you that no two days are the same. A job, which many assume may be boring, is actually full of excitement. There is always something happening or an experience that keeps you on alert at all times.