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Class A Commercial (CDL) Truck Driver
There are various kinds of truck drivers. Some positions are local, delivery drivers, and some truck drivers are long-haul who may transport cargo nationwide. This job description refers to the latter Class A Commercial (CDL) truck driver. This position requires the driver to:
This job has been identified as a demand occupationby the Oklahoma State Workforce Development Board�??that is, it is a growth occupation. In 2016 there were 23,472 jobs statewide. That figure is predicted to grow to 26,177 by 2025.
Some trucking companies require two years�?? experience to hire while others will hire drivers without experience.
Truck drivers must have a high-school diploma or a GED. A post-secondary non-degree (truck driving school) is required. Drivers must possess a class A commercial driver license. The CDL is a three-part exam on knowledge, endorsements (specialties) and practical demonstration of skills. Successful candidates must pass a drug test.
Long-haul truck drivers start at $50,000 per year, and can progress to $58,000 after a couple years of successful driving. Owner-operators can make $206,000 annually.
Owning one�??s own truck is one way to progress in this career field. Another way is to develop specialty skills (endorsements) such as transporting hazardous waste or driving with two or three trailers. This requires extra training and certification.
Some Oklahoma Schools:
American Truck Training in Oklahoma City, 800-203-2300
Arbuckle Truck Driving School in Ardmore, 580-223-3360
Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, https://greatplains.edu
Caddo/Kiowa Technology Center in Ft. Cobb, https://mycktc.com
(Some trucking companies will pay the cost of truck-driving school and hire drivers after they pass the class A commercial driver license.)
Information for this job was taken from www.indeed.comand the 2017 Critical Occupation List of the Oklahoma State Workforce Development Board.