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Choosing a truck driving school is a great first step to beginning a new career! Before you choose a school, take a few minutes to learn all about this degree and career path so you know exactly what to expect.
Truck Driving Course Schedule
Truck driving training is one of the quickest ways to start a new career. Most programs only last four to eight weeks, and some are even shorter. Overall, plan on spending about 30 to 40 hours in school per week. If you can't commit to a solid eight-hour per day schedule, take a look at your schooling options. Some schools allow you to complete your education over a longer amount of time.
What You'll Learn
There are two main components of any truck driving education: knowledge of the law and practical driving skills. Most schools start with driving laws, since you may need to pass a written test before you can get your learner's permit.
After you learn the driving laws in your state, you can learn how to drive. Some states require a learner's permit; check your state page to find out the law in your state. You'll learn the various parts of the truck and how to complete a pre-trip inspection. Then, you'll learn how to actually maneuver the truck by driving, backing up, parking, switching lanes, and more.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Not only does truck driving require a short time investment, it can also be very affordable. Most programs cost between $2,500 and $4,500 for the entire program. However, you may not have to pay nearly that much. If you get your education at a school that's part of a truck driving company, your education may be free if you promise to work for that company! If you live in an area where truck drivers are in high demand, your future employer may pay for your education.
Your Job Outlook
Keep your future career in mind as you work hard in your truck driving course. The overall job outlook is very strong! The Bureau of Labor Statistics believes that truck driving jobs will increase by 11% between 2012 and 2022.
It's important to look at the job outlook in your individual state, too! Check out your state on our schools by state page. You can learn about the anticipated job growth for truck drivers in your state. In areas where truck drivers are in high demand, you may even get job offers before you complete your training!