It takes only six weeks to complete a truck-driving program at San Jacinto College in Texas, reports Community College Times. Trucking companies are hiring, says Ruth Kingsbury, terminal manager with Tidewater Transit Co., Inc.
“I’m looking to hire about 20 drivers here locally. Jobs are coming in fast,” Kingsbury said. “So many drivers left during the recession because there wasn’t a lot of work for them to do. But now, the industry is really booming, and actually stronger than before.”
About 292,000 new truck-driving jobs will be created over the next eight years, predicts the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry needs 111,000 drivers by 2014, according to the American Trucking Association (ATA).
Truck drivers can earn 34,000 to $54,000 per year, said Monica Cahill, a truck-driving instructor at San Jacinto. Hourly pay ranges from $14 per hour to $20.
Older workers, hard hit by the recession, can find opportunities, Cahill said. “A person over the age of 50 will be considered for his or her maturity and responsible work ethics.”