Truck Driving Schools in South Carolina (SC)
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: heavy / tractor-trailer truck drivers and light / delivery services truck drivers. According to the latest available data (May 2011), heavy truck drivers in South Carolina earn a median wage of $17.71 per hour (median salary of $36,840 per year). Light truck drivers in South Carolina earn a median wage of $14.40 per hour (median salary of $29,960 per year). There are 33,400+ truck drivers in South Carolina; a truck driving school may get you started on the path to becoming one of them.
Truck driving schools in South Carolina may be found throughout the state, from larger cities, such as Clearwater and smaller ones, such as Richburg. South Carolina truck driving schools offer the training necessary to obtain your commercial driver's license (CDL), which you need in order to drive a Class A, B or C commercial vehicle. To earn a CDL license in South Carolina, all candidates must be at least 18 years old (21 years old for interstate driving) and pass both a written knowledge exam and a skills test. The three part skills test includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control test and an on-road driving exam. In addition, other knowledge and skills tests may be needed depending on the class of CDL license and the endorsements you need--for example, to drive a vehicle with air brakes, a tanker or to haul hazardous materials. A truck driving school in South Carolina will prepare you to pass these examinations.
Browse the featured South Carolina truck driving schools below to find a trucking school near you.
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