Trucking is a unique career opportunity that brings with it a unique lifestyle. Before enrolling at a truck driving school in Tucson, you may wonder if trucking is a career you’ll enjoy. Knowing a few details about the trucking lifestyle can help you determine whether a career as a truck driver is a good fit for you.
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Support U.S. economy – Whether it’s food, furniture, precision instruments, motorized vehicles or more, as the old saying goes, “If you bought it, a truck brought it.” Consumer spending contributes significantly to the U.S.’s economic growth and commercial trucks account for the delivery of more than 80% of goods shipped to retailers across the country.
Job security – America needs more truck drivers and many Americans need a job. In the trucking industry, there are more trucking jobs than there are truck drivers. So, if you are responsible, reliable and a safe driver, you are literally “in the driver’s seat” when it comes to securing your financial future.
Great Pay – You can earn 40,000+ the first year. As you earn more experience, your pay begins to increase. On top of the pay, don’t forget about all the benefits that are generally considered pretty standard in the industry including a 401(k), medical insurance, dental insurance, vacation time, holiday pay and more.
Independence – There’s no hovering boss standing over your shoulder. Instead you’ll have a person or a team of people supporting you via phone or on board dispatch system.
Sense of pride – Trucking is the lifeblood of the US economy; without it the economy stops. As a trucker, you are providing a tremendous service to your country that you should be proud of.
Entrepreneurship – Owner Operators own their own truck(s), essentially making them small business owners. As an Owner Operator, you can earn significantly higher revenue from each delivery you make. If you have a true entrepreneurial spirit, then being an Owner Operator might be for you.
Cost – Truck driving school is definitely a less expensive and less time consuming alternative to college. Most programs last 4 weeks, but more comprehensive curriculums can last 8 to 10 weeks. At nationally accredited truck driving schools, federal financial aid is available for those who qualify. But even if you end up taking out a loan or paying out of pocket, most trucking companies will reimburse up to 100% of your tuition costs.
The love of driving – There are no shortage of opportunities to meet people on the road if you like that sort of thing. Some trips may even allow you time to sightsee or visit with a distant friend or relative. The trucking lifestyle also accommodates those that treasure their solitude. The important thing is to have a love of driving and a desire to see new things every day.
Options – There are a variety of driving options to meet your needs including dedicated, local, regional and Over the Road (OTR). You can drive solo or with a partner. You can be a company driver or an owner operator. You get to decide which career path is best for you.
Advancement Opportunities – Trucking company executives, driver managers, commercial driving instructors and trainers and recruiters are just a few of the advancement opportunities available to you once you have obtained your Commercial Driver’s License and earned some driving experience.
At HDS Truck Driving Institute, you’ll find the instruction and tools you need to excel in the trucking industry. Our nationally-recognized CDL training programs in Tucson begin every Monday and include day and night classes to fit your schedule. We also hold regular open house events so you can meet our staff and learn more about the training we offer—check out our website or give us a call at (877) 205-2141 to learn about admissions, financial aid, and your future career opportunities.