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Competition is expected for jobs offering the highest earnings or most favorable work schedules. Average employment growth is expected. Overall employment of truck drivers and driver/sales workers is expected to grow 9 percent over the 2012-2022 decade.
Median hourly wage of heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers was $20.45 in January 2014. Median hourly wages of light or delivery services truck drivers were $15.72 in January 2014.
Drivers are responsible for picking up and delivering freight from one place to another. This may be from a manufacturer to a distribution center, from a distribution center to a customer, or between distribution centers. In addition, drivers may be responsible for loading and unloading their cargo. They are also responsible for following applicable laws, keeping logs of their activities, and making sure that their equipment is in good working condition.
Drivers must get along well with people because they often deal directly with customers. Employers seek driver/sales workers who speak well and have self-confidence, initiative, tact, and a neat appearance. Employers also look for responsible, self-motivated individuals who are able to work well with little supervision.
This program will earn you a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) A or B (upon passing the MVA test) that prepares you to drive eighteen-wheel vehicles (Class A) or school buses/concrete mixers, etc. (Class B).
2014 total approximate cost is $4,625 (CDL A); $2,450 (CDL B).
CDL-A is 300 hours. CDL-B is 160 hours.
Classes are offered monthly at either Cecil College or Harford Community College. Classes run either Monday through Friday during the day or Tuesday/Wednesday evenings and weekends.
Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos246.htm
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