Truck Driving Schools in Oregon (OR)
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. For classification purposes, the BLS distinguishes between heavy, or tractor-trailer, truck drivers and light, or delivery services, truck drivers. The median hourly wage for heavy truck drivers in Oregon as of May 2011 (latest available data) is $18.85. This equates to earning a median annual salary of $39,210. The median hourly wage for light truck drivers in Oregon is $17.28 (median annual salary of $35,950). The first step to becoming one of the 30,300+ truck drivers in Oregon is to earn your commercial driver's license (CDL) and a truck driving school in Oregon will prepare you to achieve this goal.
Truck driving schools in Oregon are mainly located in cities along Interstate 5 (I-5) including Medford, Eugene, Hillsboro, Beaverton and Portland. Oregon truck driving schools offer the necessary education and training needed to gain your CDL. To obtain a CDL in Oregon, you must have a valid driver's license, be at least 18 years old (21 years old for interstate trucking) and pass both a written knowledge exam and a skills test. The three part skills test includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic vehicle control test, and an on-road driving test. Depending on the class of license and endorsements you need, other knowledge and skills tests may be required--for example, to drive a combination vehicle, a school bus, a tanker truck, a truck with air brakes or to transport passengers. Oregon truck driving schools will prepare you to pass these examinations.
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