Truck Driving Schools in Arkansas (AR)
The job outlook for truck drivers over the next decade is favorable and expected to increase 9 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For classification purposes, the BLS distinguishes between heavy or tractor-trailer truck drivers and light or delivery services truck drivers. As of May 2011 (latest available data), Arkansas heavy truck drivers earn a median wage of $18.33 per hour. This equates to earning a salary of $38,130 per year. Arkansas light truck drivers earn a median wage of $13.88 per hour (salary of $28,860 per year). To become a truck driver in Arkansas, a truck driving school may get you started on the path to join them.
Truck driving schools in Arkansas are located throughout the state including the Memphis metropolitan area, Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Newport, Marked Tree, El Dorado, and Forrest City. Arkansas truck driving schools offer the training you need to obtain your commercial drivers license (CDL), which you need to drive a Class A, B or C commercial vehicle. CDL license candidates must be at least 18 years old (21 years old for interstate truck driving), meet physical qualification standards and pass a vision test. CDL applicants must also pass a general knowledge exam and a three-part skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic vehicle control test, and an on-road driving test. Additional knowledge and skills tests may be required depending on the class of license and endorsements you need--for example, to transport hazardous materials. Arkansas truck driving schools will prepare you to pass these examinations.
To find a truck driving school in Arkansas, check out the featured trucking schools below.
Learn more about Arkansas CDL requirements.