More information about Student Drivers
Some carriers operate in-house training programs allowing applicants to be hired based on their potential for success as a truck driver then trained by the carrier under FMCSA regulations and any additional standards the carriers may set. These programs will not only allow you to learn information and skills you’ll need to obtain your CDL, but in some cases you’ll be paid during your training period.
Some carriers may require you to have a certain amount of experience as a driver before they will hire you. It is not uncommon for drivers to obtain their CDL after completing a carrier’s training program then drive for the carrier for the minimum amount of time or number of miles required under the training agreement. After the obligation to the original carrier is fulfilled, these drivers will often look elsewhere for jobs.
Other candidates for truck driving jobs will follow a route requiring them to obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP), train under the observation of a qualified CDL holder, and test for the CDL when they feel prepared and in accordance with state regulations.
To gain training needed to qualify for a CLP and/or CDL, you have several formal training options:
Some high schools throughout the country have recently offered preliminary truck driver training through vocational education programs.
Vocational Schools/Community Colleges
Many community and vocational colleges offer Truck Driver training programs. The nature of these programs may vary from non-credit courses specifically focused on gaining the information and skills needed to earn a CDL to others that may require a student to earn a diploma or certificate typically involving for-credit courses that are more extensive than non-credit training classes
Private Truck Driving Schools
Private, for-profit truck driving schools or academies are situated throughout the country so that they may market their programs to as many potential students as possible.
The military offers many opportunities for those hoping to become truck drivers while serving their country.
Numerous freight carriers operate their own driving academies. Carrier training programs often provide paid training in return for a commitment to work for the carrier for a given period of time or number of miles.
Job search faqs
Jobs.TheTrucker.com is one of the leading sources of long haul truck driving job listings, and its primary objective is to connect professional truck drivers with jobs. Jobs.TheTrucker.com’s job search functionality is designed to be simple and easy to use, and allows truck drivers to search for jobs by state, by driver type, by hauling type and by carrier.
Once you apply for a job, we match your qualifications to the appropriate job listings and send your application to the trucking companies immediately.
Jobs.TheTrucker.com’s job search functionality is designed to be simple and easy to use, and allows job seekers to search for truck driver jobs by state, by driver type, by hauling type and by carrier. When searching for truck driving jobs, you may set the search criteria to be as specific or general as you want to find the job that is best for you.
Jobs.TheTrucker.com adds and updates job listings immediately as new truck driving job listings are received from carriers hiring truck drivers. So it is best to visit Jobs.TheTrucker.com regularly for updated job listings when in the market for a new truck driving job.
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Carrier may or may not respond to all applications depending on their hiring policies, procedures and driver needs. And, it is possible that a carrier will not respond to applicants if their experience does not match the hiring requirements. Applicants will increase their chances of being contacted by carriers by applying to all jobs that meet their qualifications.
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A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a driver's license required to operate large, heavy, or hazardous material vehicles in the US. The “class” of CDL a truck driver needs depends on the type of commercial motor vehicle operated. A truck driver may hold a CDL in one of three classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C.
For a detailed explanation of the different classes of CDLs, visit Truck Driving Job Resources.
Driver Type refers to the employment arrangement a driver operates. The most common truck driver arrangements include:
- Company Driver: Drivers employed by a specific carrier with its own fleet of trucks. “Companies” can be carriers that contract to transport other individuals' or companies' freight, or companies that carry their own freight.
- Lease-Purchase: Drivers hired by carriers where the truck is leased to the individual driver.
- Owner Operator (OO): Drivers who own the truck and operate as an independent business (also referred to as an "independent contractor").
- Team Driver: Drivers operating with a partner who shares driving duties.
For a detailed explanation of Driver Types, visit Truck Driving Job Resources.
Hauling Type (or trailer type, or equipment type) refers to the type of cargo being hauled. Different types of cargo materials require different types of trailers, and each type of trailer requires unique driver experience.
For a detailed explanation of Hauling Types, visit Truck Driving Job Resources.
Endorsements are required certifications for CDL holders hauling various types of equipment and freight. The most common endorsements for long haul truck drivers include:
- Doubles/Triples: required for drivers hauling double or triple trailers.
- HazMat: required for transporting hazardous materials.
- Tanker: required for operating a vehicles designed with a permanent or temporary tank attached.
For a detailed explanation of the different types of endorsements, visit Truck Driving Job Resources.