CDL Careers that may be Perfect for You

Commercial Driver’s License careers are in high demand right now and will continue to be for some time.

Commercial Driver’s License careers are in high demand right now and will continue to be for some time. This job requires a special driver’s license you can obtain through your company and trucks will often be provided for you as you start out.

The most common type of trucking job to obtain with your CDL is over-the-road (OTR) drivers. These drivers spend anywhere from 2-5 weeks at a time driving to destinations to make their deliveries. Because these drivers work continuously for weeks at a time, they are given a week or more off between deliveries. These drivers are also referred to as “long haul drivers” due to the distance some of their deliveries can be.

If you aren’t interested in driving, another option is to be a technician. These jobs involve maintaining, servicing, and repairing trucks when they aren’t out on the road. This is a vital job in this industry as making sure the trucks can withstand long haul drives is essential to the company. These technicians also assist in teaching truck drivers with repairs on the road and leading classes for the drivers to learn how to fix simple problems they may encounter on the road.

This industry has a wide variety of companies to work for and is paying competitively to recruit new drivers. There are options to advance in leadership through the technician track or a terminal manager who coordinates all trips from the home base. All you need to get started is a CDL and you are good to go!

If you are still wondering if this career is for you, check out this short video from Mary Rigg! The training in order to get this license takes around 160 hours that can be completed either full time or part time. Be sure to connect with a Mary Rigg employment coach to learn how you can get this special training and start your new career on the road.