Why are Truck Drivers in demand?
The answer is simple…professional truck drivers deliver the goods that keep America and our economy moving! Truck driving is not just a job that can pay well; it is the beginning of a professional career and the fastest road to success. The shortage is not due to a lack of interest, just basic economics – the demand for professional truck drivers is growing faster than the number of new drivers entering the field and is a profession that cannot be outsourced!
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the truck driving occupation to grow faster than the average for all occupations and the number of heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers is expected to rise by 330,100, or 21%, between 2010 and 2020. The DOL/BLS Employment Projections program forecasts almost 2 million heavy truck/tractor-trailer drivers will be needed by 2020! Changes in federal regulations and increased competition from other sectors of the economy are forcing major changes in the trucking industry. Those changes, in addition to retiring drivers, are putting a premium on new drivers and may result in increased compensation.
Truck Driver Salary & Benefits
A career as a truck driver can offer an individual a way to go from unemployed or underemployed to a middle-class lifestyle quickly. Truck driving is not just a job, it is a career and lifestyle. First-year drivers average up to $45,000 per year*, but that is just the beginning to what a truck driver can earn!
- Starting Pay Averaging Up To $45,000 Per Year – First-year drivers average up to $45,000 their first year.* That means you can expect to make up to $850 weekly or $1700 bi-weekly as a Class A CDL Licensed Truck Driver!
- Job Security– Truck Driver jobs can’t be outsourced. Truck drivers are responsible for dispersing America’s goods and necessities across the states and are needed throughout the nation. The ATA estimates a shortage of nearly 48,000 truck drivers, and the demand is expected to continue rising throughout the decade.
- Medical, Dental and Life Insurance– Medical and dental insurance are common perks in the truck driving industry.
- 401k Retirement Savings Plan – Earn money for retirement as you navigate the highway!
- Paid Vacation and Sick Time – Professional truck drivers need vacation time to unwind from work and sick time to recover from illnesses.
- Flexible Schedules with varying amounts of home time.
- Changing Scenery! See the country while getting paid
- Take your pet with you on the road! – If leaving your pet at home during runs isn’t an option, consider taking them on your trips! Certain carriers allow truck drivers to bring their pets as travel buddies.
- Team Driving allows couples and friends to drive in shifts to earn more money.
Why choose Roadmaster Drivers School?
Roadmaster is highly respected among CDL training schools because, in over twenty-five years of operation, we have proudly trained more than 100,000 men and women to make a living driving a truck. We are committed to reducing the current Truck Driver shortage and help future truckers pass the CDL knowledge and skills tests and get their new careers on the road in as few as 3-4 weeks! Here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy as a Roadmaster student:
- Comprehensive Class A CDL Training from our expert, safety conscious Roadmaster instructors
- Our Truck Driving Schools have spacious classrooms and computer labs, specially designed field-driving courses and late-model tractor-trailers exclusively for student training
- 3 to 4 week long CDL classes that focus on Class A CDL training and license test preparation
- Multiple truck driving school locations nationwide
- On-site testing at select Roadmaster locations
- Trucking Carrier recruiters are on-site regularly looking to hire our graduates
- Job Placement Assistance is available to help you get your career on the road
- Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify
- Trucking companies may offer tuition reimbursement for truck driver training programs. Many trucking companies will pre-hire students and reimburse their training costs as long as they are employed by that company.