Am I too old to be a Truck Driver?What really matters when considering a career in trucking
Am I too old to become a Truck Driver
While there is a minimum-age requirement for becoming a truck driver — in most cases, to be eligible for employment, you need to be at least 21 years old — one of the great things about Professional Truck Driving is that there is no maximum-age cutoff point. (Obviously, that means that there is no maximum age restriction for Roadmaster Drivers School, either.)
In fact, thousands of men and women enter the trucking industry at an older age.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median age among “Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers” is 46, and that’s just the median. The BLS also says that nearly a MILLION people (825,000) in that category are 55 or older, including 203,000 men and women in the 65-or-older column.
So what age-related restrictions does Trucking have?
Truck Driver Age-Related Restrictions
Every potential truck driver, young or old, must be able to meet the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical requirements (e.g. passing the physical exam) and be healthy enough and physically able to complete their job in a satisfactory manner.
So basically, physical health/ability and being at least 21 are really the main requirements when it comes to age.
Otherwise, age doesn’t really factor into employment, so it shouldn’t factor into your decision to pursue a successful career in Trucking, either.
Even better is that one of the reasons so many people are deciding to become professional truck drivers is that the industry offers many distinct advantages for drivers in pretty much every age range.
Let’s take a look at why, exactly, becoming a professional truck driver is a great career move at any age:
Why Professional Truck Driving Is A Good Choice For Older Men and Women
Professional truck drivers get to travel all around the country. That means there is a good possibility that you will drive through a city or area near an old friend or family member you haven’t seen in some time.
More generally, no two days are ever really the same. Truck drivers travel to new places every day. That means that many truckers get to see places and landmarks they always have wanted to see but maybe never had the time or the money to.
Ultimately, Professional Truck Driving is sort of like taking that big RV trip you always have wanted to take but never could afford, except that you actually will be making money instead of spending all of it.
How much money will you make as a professional truck driver? The BLS says the average salary is almost $45,000 per year. Plus, as you progress in your Trucking career, there will be a ton of opportunities to make even more.
On top of the pay, don’t forget about all the Truck Driver benefits that are generally considered pretty standard in the industry, benefits like a 401(k), medical insurance, life insurance, paid sick time and vacation time and much more.
With the average pay and common benefits in mind, your new career might just be a great way to supplement some of that retirement, pension or social security income that you already may be receiving. Or, if you haven’t started saving up for your retirement yet, Truck Driving might offer an excellent chance to get started.
Truck drivers earn these types of benefits and pay, mind you, while also getting to enjoy the freedom and new experiences the open road has to offer.
How Young People Can Use Truck Driving To Kickstart Their Careers
For young people considering a career in Professional Truck Driving, the same average pay and common benefits discussed above apply.
An added benefit for younger truck drivers, though, is that Truck Driving provides an opportunity to start your professional working life in an adventurous way. Your twenties are an exciting time and, at least for many people in this age range, there’s little or nothing holding you back. The world is yours to explore, and Trucking can offer you the freedom to do it.
Plus, Truck Driving offers solid job security because Truck Driver jobs can’t be outsourced.
Add in the fact that the trucking industry is in need of qualified drivers — in fact, there’s a major Truck Driver shortage right now — and it’s easy to see why Trucking is the perfect place to jumpstart a successful, secure career early in your professional life.
More than just the security you can take advantage of while in Trucking, though, think of the big picture: By becoming a professional truck driver, you will learn a skill set that you possibly could fall back on if, later on, you decide to change your career. Maybe down the road you end up in another industry and find yourself either unhappy or out of work. It happens. But having Professional Truck Driving as an option can give you a peace of mind that’s extremely valuable as you navigate the job market throughout the rest of your professional life.
So, What’s Next?
The point of everything we’ve just discussed is to say that it’s neither too late nor too early (provided you’re 21 or over) for you to achieve financial success, broaden your life experience and have an adventure. Whichever end of the age spectrum you find yourself on, Trucking could be just the opportunity you need to create a better life for yourself.
So feel free to stop wondering, “Am I too old to become a truck driver?” or, “Am I too young to drive a truck professionally?” because beyond the age of 21, however old you happen to be is the right age to pursue the truck-driving lifestyle!
In order to become a professional truck driver, the main thing you’ll need to do is get your Class A CDL license, which is the Commercial Drivers License required to operate Class A motor vehicles (“big rigs”).
To get the license, you’ll need to pass the CDL exam, which can be difficult without the proper training. Plus, even if you somehow do pass the CDL exam without training, most carriers won’t hire you without some experience, like the kind you get from attending a quality, credible CDL training school. Put simply: It’s pretty important to get CDL training.
Fortunately, Roadmaster Drivers School provides comprehensive Class A CDL training (featuring flexible scheduling and taking as little as 4 weeks!) with expert instructors. In addition to the CDL training itself, Roadmaster also offers career services to help you find the job opportunity that’s right for you with one of the nation’s top carriers after graduation. In fact, many Roadmaster students even get pre-hired before graduation and have their future jobs lined up while still in the first couple weeks of training!