CDL Truck Driver

Drive products all across the country in really big trucks.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$25,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do CDL Truck Drivers do?

“On the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again.” If that song describes your life and makes you tap the steering wheel excitedly as you rack up the miles, you might consider becoming a CDL Truck Driver.

As a CDL Truck Driver, your typical day involves driving to a pick-up point where you load your cargo. This might be as easy as watching the Dock Workers load your trailer, or as time-consuming as watching a house be lowered onto your flatbed. Either way, the next part of your job is the commute. Whether you have a series of deliveries or just one, you stay focused and always practice safety on the road.

By definition, a CDL Truck Driver is licensed to haul loads weighing over 26,000 pounds. You can haul anything from toys to produce to toxic waste. Whatever your cargo, your job is to get it to its destination safely, so you always check over your rig to make sure everything is in working order. If there is a problem, you seek out a Mechanic to take care of it.

In addition to caring for your truck, you need to be an expert on your route. If there is a traffic snarl, you take the back roads. You also do your best to avoid construction and inclement weather. Even with detours, your job is to get the products to their destinations on time. After all, Safeway would not be happy to have cheese in the ad, but not on the shelf.

Should I be a CDL Truck Driver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Car Pick Up Driver, CDL Driver, Cement Truck Driver, Class A Truck Driver, Construction Driver See More

    How to become a CDL Truck Driver

    Most CDL Truck Drivers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Doctorate degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9taaab&chl=no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2823%25%29||||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,75,75
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