The great thing about professional truck driving is that few other occupations offer you the opportunity to go from unemployed or underemployed to a successful career in such a short amount of time. At Roadmaster Drivers School, for example, training only takes about 3-4 weeks on average. So, in roughly a month’s time, you could get the training you need to be prepared for the Class A CDL test. That relatively short turn-around time is great, but even better is that once you’re qualified to drive, the trucking industry has tons of open jobs. At this very moment, in fact, there is a shortage of professional truck drivers. Unlike certain other industries that might be flooded with job seekers going after the same few openings, Trucking has plenty of room for qualified individuals who have the proper training and who are willing to work hard to earn a better future. Let’s look at what kinds of jobs are out there, and what sorts of pay and benefits those jobs typically offer: Kinds of Trucking Jobs Most Class A CDL drivers start out as over-the-road (OTR) truck drivers. Once they’ve done long haul for a little while, though, there is a wide variety of CDL and CDL-related jobs available in the industry for experienced men and women. Some professional truck drivers choose to continue driving OTR, while others eventually switch to regional or local driving or other support roles within Trucking. Obviously, then, pay depends on the carrier, the type of driving, your experience level, safe driving and a number of other factors. The average salary for a professional truck driver is almost $40,000 per year, and with some hard work and smart choices you could make even more. Regardless of the exact type of job and pay rate, though, the shortage of qualified professional truck drivers means that many of the industry’s jobs are full-time and come with benefits. Usual Truck Driver Benefits As far as benefits, it’s important to keep in mind that you can pick which carrier you choose to sign with, which means you have a say in deciding which benefits package you get. Each company’s benefits are a little bit different, depending on many of the same factors that go into determining your pay, so you’ll have the chance to choose w Some relatively standard Trucking Industry benefits include: Health Insurance Life Insurance Dental Insurance Paid Vacation Paid Sick Days 401(k) Plus, don’t forget about the built-in benefits of Trucking, including getting to see the country and having job security (truck driver jobs can’t be outsourced), among others.
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