Driving a truck is a big job – and someone has to do it. Why can’t that someone be you? The demand for truck drivers is high and continues to grow. Now is as great a time as any to seriously consider this career move. Think this might be the right industry for you? Wondering why should you get your CDL and become a truck driver? Here are our top 5 reasons why this might be the perfect career for you!
1. You want to get paid well.
Let’s face it, we all need a steady paycheck to survive. It’s even better if you have money left over to spend on family or hobbies. If you’re currently working but making less than you should be, consider a career in the trucking industry. You’ll soon be bringing home a steady paycheck, receiving health benefits as well as retirement options. Isn’t it time you got paid what you’re worth?
2. You don’t have time (or money) for a four-year degree.
The good news is that starting a career as a truck driver doesn’t require spending four years in college… and then spending years after paying off thousands of dollars in student loans. Many CDL schools have a number of options for covering the cost of training. Several participate in tuition reimbursement or financial assistance programs specific to Military Veterans and their family members. Best of all, you don’t have to spend years learning the trade. CDL training programs last just a few weeks or a few months, depending on the program itself. You’ll be on the road earning a living in no time!
3. You work well under pressure… and you’re not scared of hard work.
The situations you will face as a truck driver varies from severe weather conditions to overwhelming road construction, or heavy traffic. The job requires running a tight ship, getting to your destinations on time with a safe and secure load. You can read a map, figure out GPS, and can manage your time well. You have a patient manner and are able to keep a clear head when unexpected issues come your way. Problems like these can actually be fun challenges for you.
4. You hate the 9 to 5 routine.
Does sitting in an office every day staring at the same cubicle wall sound awful to you? Tired of production line factory work? Fortunately, there are many options when it comes to driving a truck. With help from DDA, you can find the trucking company you feel comfortable with. Maybe team driving sounds more like your gig. Whatever the case, if the idea of a boring 9 to 5 job puts a sour taste in your mouth, a truck driving career could be the ideal solution.
5. You just like to drive.
The idea of hitting the open road isn’t for everyone. Being in control of a large vehicle can be exciting for some, but daunting for others. If driving is fun, and you’re up for the task of driving an 18-wheeler, life as a truck driver might be your ticket. Besides, what would be better than conquering major city rush-hour traffic in a big rig, or traveling the roads and seeing the sights this great nation has to offer?
Ready to talk to someone in the trucking industry to see if it is right for you? Our admissions officers have helped countless students find the path they need to take. Give us a call or come out and visit our campus locations.
*This article was originally published in 2015 and has been updated according to industry standards*