If you want to start a career in a growing, thriving industry, you may be interested in becoming a truck driver or diesel mechanic. The trucking industry offers a considerable amount of opportunities for growth and advancement. Eastern Idaho Technical College, the main trucking school in this city, has an average tuition cost of $2,242. The average scholarship award is $2,212.
To earn a certificate in truck driving, you need to earn 10 credits in one semester. However, rather than taking one full semester to earn these credits, you can complete your training in just six weeks. The program specializes in Class A licensure.
Idaho Falls is home to almost 58,000 people. The cost of living in this area is far below the national average. Local highways include North Yellowstone Highway and East Ririe Highway. Local employers include Doug Andrus Distributing, Killpack Trucking, and Western Transport.
If you decide to drive light trucks and delivery trucks in this part of Idaho, you can expect to earn an average of $23,890 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013). In addition, heavy truck drivers report a median salary of $38,920 (BLS, 2013).