Becoming a truck driver opens up a wide variety of career options. There are many different types of jobs in the trucking industry, ranging from solo long-haul driving to team driving and local delivery work. Regardless of the type of career path you’d like to follow, your CDL training will make you a valuable asset to any employer.
Over the road (OTR) or long-haul trucking is the type of truck driving that many people envision when imagining a trucking career. This type of trucking job can take you from one end of the United States to the other, hauling cargo over the course of days or weeks before you return home. OTR trucking can be done solo or as part of a team; many couples who both enjoy trucking choose this type of career to spend time together even while on the job.
Regional trucking consists of transporting cargo in a designated area, which is typically within a few hundred miles of your home location. This may include intrastate and interstate trucking, depending upon your location and your route. If you don’t like being away from home for very long periods of time, regional trucking could be a better choice for you.
Drivers who are employed by a single company are provided with equipment by their company and do not own a truck. Alternatively, owner/operator truck drivers own their own rig and instead contract out to companies to haul freight either regionally or over longer distances. As an owner/operator, you can choose the contracts and routes you take, giving you more freedom and flexibility with regard to your schedule and the type of cargo you transport.
Regardless of the type of trucking career you’d like to pursue, Phoenix Truck Driving Institute can help you get there. We offer CDL training and refresher courses for new and experienced drivers alike. Visit our website or call (877) 205-5372 to find out more about admissions, financial aid, job placement, and more!