Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your CDL
If you’ve been considering getting your CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), NOW is the time! Getting your CDL and a career in trucking is a great investment to make for your future. Let’s review the top 5 reasons:
- You don’t need much to begin:
All you need is your driver’s license and be able to pass a DOT physical and drug screen.
You can have your CDL license in as little as 4-6 weeks, versus a 4 year college curriculum. In about 1 month you can be on your way to a promising career versus just starting a 4 year program and simultaneously accumulating debt.
A CDL Program can cost under $4,000, this is not only much less in comparison to an in-state university that can cost upwards of $16,000 a year, but a short term investment as there are hundreds of reputable trucking companies that will reimburse your full tuition.
You can anticipate making an average of $35,000-$45,000 right after graduating. After a short time of experience there are opportunities to jump your salary to over $50,000 per year! There is always a shortage for drivers in this field because the demand is so high and continues to grow. The ATA estimates that the industry need on average 100,000 new drivers each year over the next decade to fill the demand.
Once you’ve graduated and have been hired, trucking companies are offering great benefits (medical, dental, 401k and vacation). A career in trucking offers a lot of freedom; if you like having the liberty of dressing comfortable and making your own schedule, you’ll definitely experience a sense of freedom as a truck driver.