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Becoming a Professional Truck Driver

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In recent years, truck drivers have become one of America's most sought after workers; the American economy is rapidly growing at a faster rate than trucking companies can keep up with. In addition, a large portion of current truck drivers will begin to retire over the next few years. That coupled with thousands of new driving jobs forming has created a massive shortage of truck drivers. This may not be the best news for the economy, but it is very beneficial for individuals beginning a truck driving career. Not only will they be earning higher wages since their services are in such high demand, but they also get to enjoy more employee benefits and job security; safe and experienced truck drivers will be able to find a great driving job no matter where they live in the country.

If you are looking to start a new career, truck driving may just be your answer. Getting started is not hard, but you must meet a few requirements.

  • Finish high school or get your GED (general education diploma). Most truck driving companies prefer to hire individuals who have graduated from high school (although this is typically not an official requirement).
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, speak English, and have a valid driver's license from the state in which you reside. In addition, you must be at least 21 years old to drive across state lines. Some trucking companies will hire 18 year olds to drive within a state.
  • Professional truck drivers are required to obtain a CDL - a commercial driver's license in order to maintain truck driver jobs. To get a CDL, you must take a test at your local DMV, which consists of a written portion and a driving portion. Though schooling is not required, it is highly recommended you attend a truck driving school before you take the test so you can receive proper training to help you pass.
  • You must be able to pass a physical exam and a drug test given by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This is to ensure you have no physical conditions (or substance abuse) that will interfere with the safe handling of a commercial truck. During your employment, you will also be subject to random drug testing. You must also pass the physical exam every two years while employed as a truck driver.
 
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