If you’re thinking about attending truck driving school in Tucson, you probably have lots of questions about the truck driving industry. Tucson’s HDS Truck Driving Institute hosts an open house every second and fourth Saturday between January and October, and on the second Saturday in November and December. This is a great chance to talk with our program directors, instructors, and career advisors about the opportunities available to you with a CDL. In the meantime, here are answers to some of the most common questions about truck driving careers.
Q: Is there a big need for truck drivers?
A: Absolutely! There is a huge demand for commercial drivers in this country. According to the American Trucking Associations, the transportation industry is currently experiencing a labor shortfall to the tune of between 30,000 and 35,000 unfilled truck driver jobs. With older drivers retiring in greater numbers than years past, the industry is facing a major driver shortage and looking for skilled men and women to fill the void.
Q: How much do truck drivers make?
A: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay range for entry-level truck drivers is between $37,000 and $58,000 per year. Company drivers can also earn sizeable performance bonuses, and the earning potential is even greater for independent owner/operators.
Q: How long will I be on the road?
A: That’s entirely up to you. There are lots of different types of driving jobs available to CDL holders, and you can pursue the one that best fits your personal life. Over-the-road (OTR) truck drivers can be away from home for weeks at a time, while regional drivers may only be on the road for a few days. There are also local truck driving positions that can have you home for dinner every night.
Q: How do I get started?
A: If you want to become a truck driver, call HDS Truck Driving Institute. We have helped countless drivers earn their Arizona CDL and go on to have terrific careers in the truck driving industry. Call us toll-free at (877) 205-2141 to learn more about attending our truck driving school in Tucson or Phoenix.