Truck driving is rapidly becoming one of the fastest
growing careers in the country. The commercial trucking industry is
expected to see a shortage of over 200,000 drivers over the next ten
years while the economic demand for trucking services is expected to
increase substantially. Due to this forecasted shortage, trucking
companies are now offering better than ever wages, benefits and
schedules. Sound interesting? Here's how you can become a commercial
- It may not be a formal or mandatory requirement,
but you should complete high school or get your General Education
Development diploma (GED); you will find that most trucking companies
desire to hire high school graduates.
- A tainted driving record
may keep you from getting the trucking job you want, so preserve a
clean record. Any DUI convictions or moving violations may prevent you
from being hired. If you have any such convictions, misdemeanors, or
felonies, it is imperative that you are honest on your applications, so
that you can be matched with companies that would consider hiring you
despite past convictions.
- Get your CDL (commercial driver's
license). A CDL is required of any persons that will be driving trucks
that weight over 26,000 pounds and or transports hazardous materials.
The CDL is comprised of a written exam and a driving exam to ensure
your abilities to operate a commercial vehicle.
- The U.S.
Department of Transportation requires an exam as well: the FMCSR, or
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations exam. This includes a
written test and physical exam with vision and hearing evaluations. The
exam is required every two years in order for a truck driver to
maintain a truck driving job.
Trucking companies are required to carry out pre-employment and
subsequent periodic drug test of all truck drivers. Failing such a test
may result in not be hired or immediate termination if you are a
current employee during that time.