NEXT PROS JOB MATCH: Weston Mars, Commercial Truck Driver

By Arkansas Next PROS staff on Monday, October 15, 2018

Weston Mars
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.”


√ 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

Job Outlook
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

“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

Arkansas Trucking Association
Associated General Contractors
CenterPoint Energy
Maverick Transportation
McKee Foods Corporation
Riggs Caterpillar
Tyson Foods
Wabash National

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

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