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Entry-Level CDL Jobs: What Comes After Training?

Entry-Level CDL Jobs: What Comes After Training?

To become a professional truck driver, a person needs a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Once someone has earned a CDL and completed their training, what comes next? Driving Academy is a CDL driving training school based in New Jersey where students can earn their Class A CDL, Class B CDL, or Class B+P CDL.

Here, we talk about how to pursue entry-level CDL jobs after training.

CDL Training Offered at Driving Academy

Before getting on the road, students need to earn their CDL from a certified truck driving school. Driving Academy offers three different types of CDL training courses to choose from, depending on which type of vehicle they want to drive:

  • Class A: A Class A CDL is for people who want to drive a tractor-trailer or vehicle that weighs more than 26,000 pounds and has a trailer that weighs more than 10,000 pounds. Once a Class A CDL has been earned, drivers are also eligible to drive Class B vehicles.
  • Class B: A Class B CDL is for box trucks and delivery trucks. A Class B vehicle is described as any vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds and has no trailer, or if there is a trailer, it weighs less than 10,000 pounds. Class B vehicles include dump trucks, box trucks, garbage trucks, and cement trucks.
  • Class B+P: The Class B+P CDL is for vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds and have a carrier with 16 or more passengers, including the driver. Passenger buses and school buses are examples of Class B vehicles. Once you have a CDL Class B+P license, you can also drive any other Class B vehicle.

Types of Entry-Level CDL Jobs

After truck driver training school is complete and students pass the CDL road test, graduates are awarded their CDL. The next step is to find a job and get trucking.

Types of Class A CDL Jobs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), demand for Class A CDL drivers is expected to increase by 4% over the next few years. The main job of Class A CDL drivers is to transport goods from one location to another. Entry-level jobs include:

  • Over-the-road tractor-trailer drivers
  • Interstate truck drivers
  • Local delivery drivers
  • Tanker drivers

Types of Class B CDL Jobs

Demand for Class B CDL drivers is expected to increase by 10% over the next few years, according to the BLS. Jobs that require a Class B CDL include:

  • Delivery driver
  • Box truck driver
  • Garbage truck driver
  • Moving truck driver
  • Many construction driver jobs, like cement mixer drivers

Types of Class B+P CDL Jobs

A Class B+P CDL allows drivers to operate a vehicle that has 16 or more passengers. Those types of jobs include:

  • Local transit driver
  • School bus driver
  • Tour bus driver

Many entry-level CDL jobs are over the road, which refers to long-haul truckers. That means they require travel through multiple states and can take many days to complete a haul. Many prospective companies have entry-level job seekers do long-haul trucking to build up their resume and driving skills.

Invest In Your Future at Driving Academy

Are you ready to hit the road and become a professional driver? Make Driving Academy the place where your career starts.

How does Driving Academy stand out from other CDL programs? Benefits of attending a Driving Academy program include:

  • Guaranteed training programs
  • State-of-the-art training simulators that teach students how to drive manual transmissions, in realistic settings and weather situations
  • CDL Class A, Class B, and Class B+P training courses available
  • Students accepted nationwide
  • Pick your own training schedule
  • Open seven days a week
  • Certified third-party testing sites available for your road test
  • Payment plans that start as low as $500 down

After completing any of the training courses that Driving Academy offers, students will be ready to apply for entry-level CDL jobs across the country. Driving Academy offers free lifetime job placement help for our graduates. We connect our graduates with our network of employers, even years after they have graduated. Whether students are looking for an entry-level CDL job or a position that demands more, Driving Academy is always looking to help our alumni.

Driving Academy has locations in New Jersey and serves students nationwide. If you want to learn more about Driving Academy, take a virtual school tour and then contact us to get started.