Once you have graduated from truck driving school, there are a variety of career options you can pursue. You can choose a career that keeps you close to home, or one that allows you to travel throughout the country for weeks at a time. Regardless of your preferences, there is a truck driving career option that is perfect for you.
Long Haul Trucking
Long haul or over-the-road (OTR) trucking is often pursued by beginners, but many experienced truckers also love long haul trucking. Long haul trucking careers include deliveries of cargo throughout the 48 contiguous states, often taking you through many states on a single route. OTR truckers are typically paid by the mile and may be gone for three to four weeks at a time.
Rather than travel throughout the 48 states, regional truckers run routes within a specific state or region. Regional trucking routes typically range only a few hundred miles from the trucker’s home area, such as Tucson, Phoenix, or Yuma. A regional trucker may still spend a significant amount of time on the road, however, ranging from two to three weeks between days off.
Local truckers drive more limited routes than regional truckers. In most cases, local truckers are paid by the hour, rather than the mile, and can return home each night. This type of career can be ideal for those raising a family and don’t want to spend long periods of time away from home.
Rather than working for a carrier or trucking company, some truckers opt to become owner/operators. These truckers own their own rig, rather than leasing one from a third party or being provided one by their employer. Owner/operator truckers are essentially self-employed, taking out contracts with companies for work.
Are you interested in a career as an Arizona trucker? Contact Phoenix Truck Driving Institute by calling (877) 205-5372 to get started. We offer flexible classes and CDL testing to help you on your way to success. You can find more information about our programs and enrollment details on our website.