High-paying trade jobs are sitting empty, as high school grads opt for college https://t.co/fVfPfYezHb
— BostonomiX (@BostonomiX) April 26, 2018
Almost everyone has a college degree these days (30.4% for those over 25 years old with only 27% of graduates engaged in careers in their field). What’s disturbing about this fact is that too many graduates lack relevant job skills. But is that true? I mean we hear this all over the internet, so it must be true, right? And if it is true, does this mean that will all of the book learning that people get that it is just enough to render them slightly incompetent? Oh, God.
We do know that the value of a college degree has been devalued. Any hot shot who works hard on his own outside of school can build a nice portfolio of digital products that solve problems, apps, and whatnot and showcase to them to any company who can use them.
Instead, why can’t someone, anyone, including a college graduate, pay attention to market forces and find out what [high-paying] jobs and the parts around the country that they’re flourishing can be had? What the BostonomiX article tells us is that there are high-paying trade jobs all across the country. Check out what is happening in Shale Country, meaning Midland, Texas.
Steps involved to become a truck driver.
GET THE TRUCK DRIVING MANUAL FROM YOUR DMV. This manual will tell you all you need to know about obtaining your commercial driver’s license (CDL) within your state. Review the information about fees, classes, and restrictions. Study its contents to learn about the various traffic and safety laws associated with commercial driving.
The DMV manual is for information purposes only. You’ll need to take a truck driving license exam from a local truck driving school. WHAT ABOUT LENGTH? HOW LONG ARE THE COURSES? Anywhere from 30 days to 10 weeks to a full year.
Each program has its own tuition and fees, but many schools also offer tuition assistance. The timeline of each program can also vary. Some intensive programs may finish within 30 days to 10 weeks, but more in-depth programs can extend out to a full year.
TWO PARTS OF THE EXAM: Written & Road Skills.
If you want to do interstate driving, you’ll need an FMCSR or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Exam.
This is a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination conducted by a licensed “medical examiner” listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months.
Once you pass the written exam, you never have to pass it again. However, you must take and pass the physical portion of the exam every 2 years.
Then sign on with Truck Driving Placement Services. Where do I do that? Finding a job with this service may take 30 to 60 days. Oh boy. I don’t trust national databases since they have no skin in the game with regard to hiring you. Instead, try proven jobs boards, like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and others. Though Glassdoor is my least favorite jobs site, their review page is pretty good.
Once you’re hired, that company will put you through their own training protocol. Oh, God. Just shoot me. Orientation will last 3 to 5 days. Orientation teaches you about the company and its various policies. During this orientation, you will need to complete paperwork for the company, pass a drug test, and pass some basic physical exam.
The company will give you another “DRIVING TEST.”
ADVANCE IN YOUR CAREER. Most beginners start in the field of long-haul trucking, regardless of how many endorsements they received while taking the state CDL exam. You advance to better positions after gaining several years of experience. So what I would do is test for endorsement after endorsement each quarter or year so that you’re so qualified for so much that no one can deny your status or your hire. Local and specialty trucking jobs usually require experience. You will also need experience before you can earn a better salary as a long-haul trucker and before you can qualify as a driver trainer for others.
All Trucking is an all-purpose site that helps you navigate all the questions pertaining to truck driving.