Truck Driving Schools in Alabama (AL)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2011 Data, the job outlook for truck drivers is favorable between 2010 and 2020, with an expected growth rate of 21 percent. The BLS classifies truck drivers into two basic categories according to the type of vehicle they drive: heavy versus light trucks. Heavy truck drivers or tractor-trailer drivers typically transport cargo farther distances (long-haul trucking). Light truck drivers usually do more local deliveries (also known as pick-up and delivery drivers). Alabama heavy truck drivers earn a median hourly wage of $18.01 as of May 2011 (latest available data). This equates to a median annual salary of $37,450. Alabama light truck drivers earn a median hourly wage of $14.65 (median annual salary of $30,460).
Truck driving schools in Alabama are located throughout the state including Montgomery, Sumiton, Northport, Tuscaloosa, and Opelika. Alabama truck driving schools offer the necessary education and training needed to obtain your commercial driver's license (CDL). To obtain your CDL, you must be at least 18 years old (21 years old to haul across state lines), have a valid driver's license and pass a medical examination. In addition, you need to take a general knowledge test and practical skills tests according to the class of license you need. Finally, additional knowledge and skills tests may be required for specific endorsements--for example, if you want to drive a bus or haul hazardous materials.
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