Okay, I know you are thinking the headline probably sounds too good to be true. But our students consistently tell us they think we are one of the best kept secrets around.
If you are out of work, if you are dissatisfied with your current job, if you are looking for a new start, if you are just looking for a better paycheck, keep reading ….
Truck Driver Institute is the nation’s leader in Commercial Driver’s License training. We have been putting America to work since 1973. So that means we have over 40 years experience training America’s truck drivers, and over 40 years running one of the top ranked driver training programs in the country. We know you have a choice. There are lots of truck driving schools out there, but not many can tell you they have been in business as long … Read More »
Average pay is up 17% in less than two years, as freight haulers fight to meet hiring needs.
According to a recently published story in the Wall Street Journal:
After years of spending long hours behind the wheel without seeing their paychecks grow, U.S. truck drivers now have employers fighting for their services.
Many freight haulers have in the past year pushed through their biggest raises in decades. Truck-stop job boards and satellite radio airwaves are saturated with want ads, some offering sign-on bonuses topping $5,000 and free bus tickets to drivers willing to switch employers. Companies are equipping their fleets with satellite televisions and other amenities to make life on the road more comfortable.
Drivers are in demand in the shifting $700 billion trucking industry. Business is booming because the economy is expanding and the strong dollar is increasing demand for imported goods … Read More »
In more than half of states during 2014, truck driving jobs were the most common source of employment.
Those states are colored light blue in this map, part of a recent National Public Radio Planet Money report.
The jobs picture has changed profoundly since the 1970s. Truck driving jobs dominate the map for a few reasons.
Driving a truck is immune to two of the biggest trends affecting U.S. jobs: globalization and automation. A worker in China can’t drive a truck in Ohio, and machines can’t drive cars (yet).
Regional specialization has declined. So jobs that are needed everywhere — like truck drivers and schoolteachers — have moved up the list of most-common jobs.
The prominence of truck drivers is partly due to the way the government categorizes jobs. It lumps together all truck drivers and delivery people, creating a very large category. Other jobs … Read More »
John Quigley, another one of our proud TDI graduates, sent us these shots from his #officewindow.
John graduated in January 2014 from Truck Driver Institute in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and is driving for May Trucking.
You probably landed on this page because you’re interested in CDL training. You’d probably like to know a little bit more about us. Like most small business, we have many stories to share with our readers about how we got to where we are today. And we promise to keep it short … read the TDI story in about 2 minutes …
Get A New Job With An #OfficeWindow. Find Out More About Truck Driver Institute’s CDL Training Programs!
We know a big part of our job is to make sure you have the training and confidence to become a commercial truck driver. And, a very big part of our … Read More »
Recently, Schneider National brought one of their vehicles for a recruiting visit to Truck Driver Institute just in time for us to share this short video clip for Veteran’s Day.
The Ride of Pride program originated in 2001 when a shift manager and U.S. veteran working at Freightliner proposed the project as a way to honor military veterans.
The 2015 U.S. Ride of Pride truck is a Freightliner Cascadia™, and it showcases imagery of each military branch from World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam. The doors on each side read, “Honoring all who have served;” and the hood honors prisoners of war (POWs) and those missing in action (MIA).
Jay Hull has been selected as the driver of the 2015 Schneider Ride of Pride. He is a 24-year retired U.S. Army veteran who served two combat tours in Iraq. Hull joined … Read More »
Imagine – Thank you Drivers!
Hey, it’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! Here’s an incredible video that shows just how important truck drivers are to the American way-of-life. Show your appreciation for truck drivers everywhere by posting a “thank you” comment, picture, or video. And please share and ask all your friends to do the same. #NationalTruckDriverAppreciationWeek #NTDAW #Imagine
Posted by FASTPORT on Thursday, September 10, 2015
Imagine – Thank You Drivers!
Hey, it’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! Here’s an incredible video that shows just how important truck drivers are to the American way-of-life. Show your appreciation for truck drivers everywhere. And please share and ask all your friends to do the same. #NationalTruckDriverAppreciationWeek #NTDAW #Imagine
Posted by FASTPORT on Thursday, September 10, 2015
Find Out More About Truck Driver Institute’s CDL Training Programs!
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The for-hire trucking industry added 700 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in the month of August, according to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) monthly employment report, released Sept. 4.
This is the fifth consecutive month that for-hire trucking employment has added jobs, and the seventh time (out of eight months) in 2015, continuing a years-long trend of job gains in the industry.
The U.S. economy has a whole added 173,000 jobs in the month, pushing the country’s unemployment rate to 5.1 percent — the lowest in nearly a decade.
Source: Trucking employment up for fifth straight month | Truckers News
The nation’s driver shortage is deepening. Trucking employment is up. Carriers are hiring our students. There has never been a better time to start a new career as a professional truck driver!
Trucking Employment Up for Fifth Straight Month. Find Out More About TDI’s … Read More »
A new report released by American Trucking Associations projects freight volumes will increase by nearly 29% over the next 11 years.
“The outlook for all modes of freight transportation remains bright,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello in releasing U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2026. “Continued population growth, expansion of the energy sector and foreign trade will boost trucking, intermodal rail and pipeline shipments in particular.”
Forecast, a collaboration between ATA and IHS Global Insight, projects a 28.6% increase in freight tonnage and an increase in freight revenues of 74.5% to $1.52 trillion in 2026.
“Forecast is a valuable resource for executives and decision makers in both the private and public sector,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “Knowing where the industry and economy is headed can help shippers and fleets make key business decisions and instruct lawmakers and regulators on the … Read More »
Image source: American Trucking Associations
According to a report issued December 15, 2014 by the American Trucking Associations, truck driver pay is on par with the U.S. median and the industry generally offers what are deemed competitive benefits, such as matching 401(k) contributions and paid holidays off.
Driver pay ‘wage race’ under way?
Bloomberg says a “wage race” is on among carriers, but survey results show not all company drivers and leased owner-operators are seeing the benefits:
Median truck driver pay in 2013 for national truckload van drivers was $46,000 — $7,000 lower than the U.S. median household income of $53,000, ATA says.
Private fleet drivers, however, pull in about 60 percent more than that: Their 2013 average was $73,000, ATA’s report says.
ATA surveyed more than 115,000 company truck drivers and about 17,000 owner-operators, spanning 130 fleets.
Truckload van drivers were at the bottom of the … Read More »
Are you asking how do I become a working truck driver?
A serious shortage exists in some segments of the trucking industry. It’s not a shortage of freight or equipment; it’s a shortage of men and women qualified to drive trucks.
Currently, there is a truck driver shortage of approximately 20,000 drivers per year. This number is expected to increase to 111,000 drivers per year. The shortage is not due to a lack of interest, just basic economics – the demand for professional truck drivers is growing faster than the number of new drivers entering the field. The industry is desperate for new drivers. If you received your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) today, it’s almost certain there would be a job available to you tomorrow.
To help solve the growing shortage of drivers, the American Trucking Associations has developed a web site … Read More »