Are you thinking about a career in trucking? Maybe you should be. With the explosion of online retail shops like Amazon, the trucking industry is rapidly expanding. It’s expected that up to 175,000 driver jobs will need to be filled by 2024.
Take advantage of this growing industry! Enrolling in a truck driving program will give you practical, hands-on experience in the field, usually in under a month. The CDL programs at DDA will prepare you to ace your licensing exam and help you land a job with a great company.
Here are a few things to know before you jump into your adventure on the road.
Why should I do it?
The massive shortage of truck drivers in the industry could increase driver pay between 8% and 12% in the coming years. That means that right now is the best time to get in on this booming industry.
Being a truck driver isn’t only financially rewarding, it’s personally rewarding as well. You will have job security and an open career path with opportunity for growth. You will have independence and freedom, a variety in day-to-day work, and get the chance to travel America.
Can I afford it?
Enrolling in any sort of school or training comes at a cost. But many trucking programs offer excellent financial aid packages for those who qualify. By attending a reputable school, you will have access to a financial aid team whose job is designed to benefit you.
The Financial aid staff at DDA will match you with a plan that fits your needs and budget. Options include grants, scholarships, personal or private loans. We also partner with companies for reimbursement programs, or carrier sponsored training.
Am I too old?
The average age of a truck driver is 55-years-old, meaning anyone can make a great truck driver. Many drivers new to the industry are starting up in a second career, or are military veterans transitioning to a civilian employment.
How long is training?
You can get through the Advanced CDL program in 20 weeks, or 30 weeks if you prefer evening classes. The basic program runs just 8 weeks total, so in just a few weeks you’ll be able to start a new, rewarding career as a truck driver. We can help you enroll in the program that’s the best match for you.