Most people hear “CDL (Commercial Driver’s License)” and instantly think “OTR (Over-The-Road)” Trucking.
It makes sense, too, because most professional truck drivers start their careers doing long hauls and, for a lot of men and women, the freedom of the open road is a thrill that lasts throughout their career.
But it’s important to remember that once you’ve done some over-the-road truck driving and gained that valuable experience, your career options grow and you can branch out into other jobs beyond OTR driving.
Take Former OTR Driver/Current Werner Driver Liaison Jason Easom, for example, who wanted to make a change after a year and a half of long hauls:
Jason was able to use his Class A CDL to transition into a new career because, as he recalls being told, “with a Class A license and a clean license, you can find a job anywhere.”
And the same could be true for you! If you have your CDL, you’re already half way to a new career. As Jason pointed out, “I still have my Class A and I still use it, but I use it in a different form now.”
Plus, there are some jobs that don’t necessarily require a CDL but may favor candidates with CDL experience and training.
So what sorts of CDL-related jobs are out there beyond OTR driving?
Well, here are 13 of them (in no particular order):
- Truck Driver Training Instructor
- Cement and Concrete Production
- Local/Regional Driver
- Terminal Manager
- Self-Employed Truck Driver
- Bus Driver
- Specialty Cargo Hauler
- Delivery Driver
- Grocery Store
- Produce Market
- Building Material/Supply Company
So remember: If you’re looking for a new career path beyond OTR Truck Driving, the key may be already in your pocket!
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I had just lost my job six and half years as an Operations Manager, and it’s hard to find employment when the economy changed. And I was told that with a Class A license and a clean license you could find a job anywhere. I went through my training with Werner, and I enjoyed it so much I decided that I want to become a trainer. I wanted to help people. I enjoy that. I enjoy working with people and being a teacher. So I went into training, and I was over the road for about a year and half.
And this position became available to where I was able to get off the road and help more students. I still have my Class A, and I still use it, but I use it in a different form now. One of the instructors here, Lance, was my instructor, and he really was hard on you, but it taught you the right way. Honestly, I pulled him aside today and thanked him. I said, you know, I use a lot of your training that you taught me on the road, and he was really appreciative of that. You all do have very good trainers here, and they care about you, and they want to see you do well.
This is a career opportunity for someone to get to see the United States on someone else’s dollar. And that makes a lot of sense. You don’t have any bills then. You don’t have a mortgage. You don’t have a car payment, and you don’t have all these other bills. Can you imagine making three or four thousand dollars a month and not having to spend it on a bill other than your cell phone bill? Think about a year, you could save $30,000 if you did it the right way and that is a huge opportunity. And a lot of people these days don’t look it as an opportunity. They’re think, “Oh, it’s a truck driver.” No, it’s a professional truck driver. We get trained because we know what we’re doing.