Commercial Truck Driving has appeal for transitioning workers |
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While job opportunities may not be abundant in other industries, the Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) industry is growing fast with more than 8,000 expected new jobs (14.9%) in Georgia alone over the next six years.
According to Occupational Supply Demand System, national demand will increase by 100,000 jobs (18.6%) through 2018 for over the road truck drivers in the next 6 years.
Employment outlook is VERY GOOD. According to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities are expected to be favorable for truck drivers.
In Georgia, average annual wages for commercial truck drivers (heavy and tractor-trailer) is $40,060.
Long-haul driving jobs are often more readily available to new drivers than local ones. With seniority, positions closer to home become more accessible.
Job Search Assistance
“This industry has jobs out there, but interested individuals need to get trained and earn their Commercial Driver's License (CDL),” said OFTC Dean of Trades, Industrial and Transportation Roy Williams. “We can help them do that. We can also help them find a job when they graduate from the program."
“When embarking on a new career, new employees should expect to begin at the entry level. With truck driving that often means travel outside of your hometown. With time and experience, opportunities for local routes will become available. You just have to be patient.”
“Our country is experiencing a shortage of drivers right now,” continued Williams. “Drivers who pass their CDL, drug test, and background check have excellent job prospects. And new, stricter federal requirements for drivers will only increase the demand.”
As one of the largest truckload carriers in the nation, Chattanooga, Tennessee based U.S. Xpress Enterprises reports current over-the-road, contract carriage, and team fleet job opportunities.
“We hire well-prepared individuals, and we find that with graduates of OFTC,” explains U.S. Xpress company spokesman Greg Thompson. “Once we hire a new driver, our trainers help them understand the transition into this new career and what they can expect during their first 6-12 months.”
Experience Employers Want
“It's been said,” stated Williams, “if we use it, a truck moved it. OFTC graduates are taught by an amazing faculty with quality trucks and a variety of trailers so that students have experienced first-hand what an employer expects them to know.”
CTD classes are taught at four of OFTC's campuses in Sandersville, Dublin, Louisville, and Sparta, Georgia.
Financial assistance is available to help eligible students pay for their educational expenses at OFTC through grants and scholarships. A payment plan is also available through Nelnet.
The next daytime class begins in Dublin on November 5th. After that, both day and evening classes begin on either January 8th or 9th at all 4 OFTC ranges. See OFTC’s ad for registration and other important dates.
For additional class dates/time or more information about OFTC’s Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) programs, visit: http://www.oftc.edu/CTD
Or contact OFTC’s Admissions Office at
(478) 553-2064 in Sandersville or
(478) 274-7842 in Dublin.