The trucking industry offers truck drivers a wide variety of jobs, ranging from local routes to cross-country deliveries of various materials and goods. Once you earn your CDL, you can choose to specialize in one of a number of areas, including local transportation and the handling of hazardous chemicals or waste materials. With a large range of jobs available, you’re sure to find the perfect niche to pursue a trucking career that you truly enjoy.
Many truckers begin by driving local routes when they first earn their CDL. These shorter-mileage routes offer new truckers the opportunity to practice handling a truck over shorter distances and on more familiar roads. Some truckers pursue a career in delivery, which may also include other duties in addition to simply transporting goods from one point to another.
Cross-country trucking involves longer routes that may take you away form home for days or weeks at a time. Many truckers enjoy this type of lifestyle and the opportunities it provides to see various parts of the country while on the job. Cross-country truckers may transport a variety of items, from raw materials for manufacturing to foodstuffs or consumer goods ready to hit the shelves in stores across the nation.
Truckers can choose to specialize in the transportation of hazardous materials, sometimes known as “hazmat trucking.” Before you are allowed to drive a truck carrying hazardous materials, you’ll need to undergo special training to ensure you know how to inspect your truck and trailer for damage and how to handle a leak or other problem. Hazardous materials may include oil, gasoline, radioactive substances, and chemicals or gases used in laboratories and manufacturing facilities.
Regardless of your interests, there is a rewarding career waiting for you in today’s trucking industry. At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, we’ll supply the knowledge you need to earn your CDL and pursue the type of trucking that you prefer. You can find out more about us on our website, at one of our Phoenix open houses, or by calling (877) 205-5372 today.