Truck Driving Schools in Mississippi (MS)
The job outlook for truck drivers over the next decade (between 2010 and 2020) is favorable and expected to increase 9 percent, 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), Mississippi heavy truck drivers earn a median wage of $17.72 per hour. This equates to earning a salary of $36,850 per year. Mississippi light truck drivers earn a median wage of $14.18 per hour (salary of $29,490 per year). To become a truck driver in Mississippi; a truck driving school may help you become one of them.
Truck driving schools in Mississippi may be found in every corner of the state, although cities like Jackson, Gulfport and Hattiesburg provide more training options. Mississippi truck driving schools offer the necessary education and training needed to obtain your commercial driver's license (CDL). To qualify for a CDL license in Mississippi, you must be over 17 years old (21 for interstate truck drivers), have a standard driver's license, pass a vision exam and have a current medical certificate. CDL applicants are then required to pass a written knowledge exam and a three part skills test, which consists of a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic vehicle handling test, and an on-road driving exam. 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 and skills tests may be required to drive a truck with a tanker, air brakes or double/triple trailers or to transport passengers or hazardous materials. Mississippi truck driving schools will prepare you to pass these examinations.
To find a truck driving school in Mississippi, browse the list of featured trucking schools below.
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