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What to Expect as a New Truck Driver

A Sneak Peek Into the World of Trucking

Updated August 2021

If you’re looking to join trucking, you may be wondering what to expect as a new truck driver. Becoming a professional truck driver is a great career choice with a lot to offer. Here are a few things you have to look forward to!

High Demand and Job Security

Truck driving is one of the most in-demand professions in the United States right now. The current population of truck drivers is retiring, which is leading to a big shortage of drivers. As the demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving. High demand in the industry has also allowed truck drivers to be picky when selecting a carrier they want to work for.

Trucking companies are always on the lookout for reliable, skilled drivers who have proper CDL training. In fact, recruiters from some of the top trucking companies are regularly visiting United Truck Driving School to recruit our students and graduates. Our job placement team will help you land your dream job in trucking!

High Earning Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, drivers can expect to earn about $43,000 starting out. No other industry allows you to make so much money in so little time. In just 4 weeks, you could be starting your new career and drastically increase your earning potential!

Truck drivers earn more money the longer they drive. The per-mile rate varies between employers and may depend on the type of cargo and level of experience. Experienced drivers are highly sought after and are able to negotiate for higher wages and better benefits.

Impact of COVID-19

The pandemic took a toll on several industries and individuals, the world of trucking being no exception. As we rebuild and recover, however, there are growing opportunities for those starting a truck driving career in the post-COVID industry.

For one, both the demand for drivers and subsequent wages have increased in recent times. Employees can also feel more confident in their health and safety on the job, as contactless deliveries and payments have become the norm. Furthermore, the pandemic-induced trend of online shopping continues to grow, which means more deliveries and career stability for drivers. Trucking may look a bit different from where it was before COVID-19, but there is no better time than now to start a new career!

Learning From Experienced Drivers

Truck driving can, at times, be a challenging career to break into. Many new drivers are expected to work as apprentices for their first year driving. More experienced drivers are often placed with newer drivers to teach them the ropes and help ensure they are ready to hit the road.

While it might feel limiting to have to pair with a more experienced driver, it will help you out in the long run. Your CDL training gave you the skills you need to hit the road but no real experience driving long distances. View experienced drivers as mentors; they’ll share extra tips and tricks you didn’t learn in CDL school.

 

In the end, truck driving is a great alternative to the typical 9-5 desk job. Truck drivers are in high demand, are paid very well, and receive great benefits.

United Truck Driving School can help you get started on your career as a professional truck driver. Contact us to learn more!

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