Are you looking for a job with decent pay but you don’t have a college degree? Are you looking for something that is all about travel and exists outside of a 9-5 office setting? Truck driving might be for you.
First, you will need to earn your Commercial Drivers License (CDL). To do so you must be 21 years old and have a clean drivers license. Once this is attained, you can attend a truck driving school. Some schools require you to have a high school diploma or GED, but not all. Depending on the school, this could take between one month and one year. You will also need to pass something called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMSCSR) exam.
Most trucking schools have placement services for graduates, making it easier to find a job right away. The typical starting salary is $30,000 per year. If you are hired by a company they will usually give you additional training and require more testing. Almost everyone starts out as a long-haul trucker, i.e. grain hauling jobs, no matter what your proclivities in school. As you gain experience as a driver you can then specialize in different types of trucks, routes or equipment, and maybe earn up to $55,000 per year.
Once you begin to accumulate experience you can start earning promotions or qualify for specializations that earn more money, like carrying more dangerous loads or driving in more difficult conditions. This might mean carrying corrosive chemicals or becoming an ice road trucker in northern Canada. The increased level of skill usually also corresponds to shorter routes and driving seasons.
Becoming a trucker allows you to enjoy life on the open road. You can play your music as loud as you want and gain valuable thinking time. All while making a decent living!