NEXT PROS JOB MATCH: Weston Mars, Commercial Truck Driver
By Arkansas Next PROS staff on Monday, October 15, 2018
High School: Fayetteville High School • Age: 28
Training: Commercial Truck Driving
Degree: Certificates from Mid-America Truck Driving School and Smith System Training
Employer: FedEx Freight in Little Rock
“I pursued jobs while training and was hired by my current employer before I graduated from the program. The demand for drivers in the industry made finding a quality job easier than I could’ve imagined.”
THIS OPTION IS FOR YOU IF...
√ You like to travel or have always wanted to see the country
√ You enjoy your independence and working alone
√ You’re good under pressure; you’re reliable
Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in the United States
Average annual job openings in Arkansas
How many job openings expected in Arkansas by 2026
What does a commercial truck driver do?
Commercial truck drivers operate heavy and tractor-trailer trucks to transport products all across the country. They haul long distances, often across state lines, to deliver their products.
- Transport products across long distances
- Communicate with a dispatcher about incidents on the road
- Clean, maintain and inspect the truck
- Check for mechanical issues and report any problems
- Keep a log of working hours
MORE FROM WESTON
“One of the greatest things I have discovered about my profession is financial security. I live comfortably and know that my job is in high demand. I have the ability to go on vacation, drive a dependable vehicle and maintain a quality residence. I have no student debt and invest in a retirement plan as well as hold quality health benefits.”
The minimum age to drive a truck across state lines
Ways to get involved in the industry before 21
- Drive within state lines
- Dock or office work in the industry
- Explore related fields like mechanics
- Use your CDL in a different industry
There are three types of CDL (commercial driver’s license)
Class A — combination vehicle toting 10,000+ pounds, example: tractor-trailer truck
Class B — single 26,000+ pounds vehicle, example: garbage truck
Class C — vehicle carrying 16+ people, example: school bus
Truckers Against Trafficking
All truckers pursuing a Class A CDL must complete the Human Trafficking Prevention Course.
High-end earners (top 10%) make
Median Wages in the U.S.
$52,342 - Annual | $19.27 - Hourly
East Arkansas Community College
North Arkansas College
Northwest Technical Institute
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas Cossatot
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith-College of Applied Science & Technology
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Arkansas Trucking Association
Associated General Contractors
McKee Foods Corporation
SOURCES: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics / Be Pro Be Proud / PayScale / Projections Managing Partnership / Rachel’s Notes / Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration / Bethany May