From driver to recruiter, many opportunities for advancement in trucking
The ability to quickly find a job and earn an above average starting pay are important factors when contemplating the start of a new career in a new industry, but so is long-term stability and the opportunity to advance, making the commercial trucking industry one of the most attractive jobs right now as the demand for professionally trained drivers continues to grow.
The commercial trucking industry is experiencing dramatic growth and the biggest challenge facing truck carriers right now is the lack of properly trained drivers to fill job openings. That’s why the Truck Driver Institute’s CDL training program is one of the best at helping new drivers find the right career as students complete the kind of professional training that most commercial trucking carriers are looking for. Truck drivers enjoy a quick entrance into this field and a healthy starting pay, but the trucking industry also offers chances for advancement as a supervisor, manager or even a field recruiter.
“The opportunities to advance in a career in trucking are tremendous,” said John Threlkeld, a field recruiter for Builders Transportation Company, which is headquartered in Memphis.
Recently Threlkeld paid a visit to the Truck Driver Institute’s Indianapolis campus and spoke to students about the trucking industry and how he advanced in the field.
“I shared with the students to look for a company to work for that you can call ‘home,’” Threlkeld said. “I have been able to do (that) at BTC. Starting as a driver after graduating from trucking school myself, I later moved up to a BTC company trainer and most recently a field recruiter.”