With the rapid growth in New England's trucking industry, there has never been a better time to become a truck driver in Massachusetts. In New Bedford, students can attend the Amaral Auto & Truck Driving School. With less than two months of study and practice, you can earn your commercial driver's license and start a new career. If you want to get moving and start heading down a more successful road, then contact the folks at Amaral and let em know your goals. They can help you decide if this is a good career move for you. They can also tell you what employers they work with, which can come in handy when you need a new gig.
Although truck driving programs may not qualify for federal student loans, there are other types of financial aid you can apply for, including scholarships, payment plans, and private loans. The Teamsters Union Local 170 awards scholarships throughout Massachusetts. Where there’s a will there’s a way. And if you really want to pursue training, let Amaral know your situation and see if they have an financial aid options as well.
With almost 100,000 residents, New Bedford plays an important role in Massachusetts' trucking industry. The cost of living is 6% lower than the national average. Significant trucking employers in New Bedford include RLD Transportation and N.C. Hudon. Major highways in this area include King's Highway and Route 140. In total, there are almost 1,200 truck drivers in New Bedford. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that heavy truck drivers in this area earn an average of $44,760 per year. Their estimates show that light truck drivers have an average annual salary of $35,970 (BLS, 2013).