Truck Driving Schools in Iowa (IA)
With an expected growth rate of 21 percent between 2010 and 2020, the job outlook for truck drivers is favorable, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 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). For heavy truck drivers in Iowa, the median hourly wage is $18.13 as of May 2011 (latest available data). This equates to a median annual salary of $37,720. For light truck drivers in Iowa, the median hourly wage is $14.16 (median annual salary of $29,460). To become one of the 43,000+ truck drivers in Iowa, a truck driving school may get you started on the path to join them.
Truck driving schools in Iowa may be found across the state in Des Moines, Waterloo, and Ottuma. Iowa truck driving schools may provide you with the training you need to earn your commercial driver's license (CDL). To obtain your CDL license in Iowa, you must be at least 18 years of age (21 years old to drive interstate) and have a clean driving record. You must also pass a vision exam, a written exam, and a road skills test. Additional qualifications may be needed depending on the type of vehicle you wish to drive and/or the type of material to be transported. For example, additional knowledge exams (and in some cases skills tests) are needed to drive a truck with a tanker, air brakes or double/triple trailers or to transport passengers or hazardous materials.
To find a truck driving school in Iowa, browse the list of featured trucking schools below.
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