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. For heavy truck drivers in North Dakota, the median hourly wage is $20.80 as of May 2011 (latest available data). This equates to a median annual salary of $43,300. For light truck drivers in North Dakota, the median hourly wage is $14.55 (median annual salary of $30,260). To become one of the 9,600+ truck drivers in North Dakota, you may need a commercial driverâ€™s license (CDL) and a truck driving school in North Dakota is a great place to start.
Truck driving schools in North Dakota offer the necessary education and training needed to gain your CDL license. To obtain a CDL in North Dakota, you must be at least 18 years old (21 years old to drive across state lines), pass a vision test and obtain a medical certificate. CDL applicants must then pass a written knowledge exam and a skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test, and an on-road driving exam. Additional endorsements 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 are needed to drive a truck with a tanker, air brakes or double/triple trailers or to transport passengers or hazardous materials. To transport hazardous materials, a background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also required. North Dakota truck driving schools will prepare you to pass these examinations.
To find a truck driving school in North Dakota, browse the list of trucking schools below.
Fargo: Skills and Technology Training Center
Address: 1305 19th Ave N, Fargo, North Dakota 58102
Grafton: North Valley Career & Technology Center
Address: 1540 School Rd, Grafton, North Dakota 58237
Phone: 701-352-3705 x419
Wahpeton: Truck Driver Training Institute of North Dakota
Address: 409 6th St S, Wahpeton, North Dakota 58075
Williston: Williston State College
Address: 1410 University Ave, Williston, North Dakota 58801