Truck Driving Schools in Minnesota (MN)
The job outlook for truck drivers between 2010 and 2020 is considered favorable by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For classification purposes, the BLS separates heavy and light truck driving jobs. The majority of heavy trucking jobs involve long haul trucking while light trucking jobs usually involve deliveries or pick-up and delivery services. As of May 2011 (latest available data), heavy truck drivers in Minnesota earn a median hourly wage of $19.36 (median annual salary of $40,280). Light truck drivers in Minnesota earn a median hourly wage of $16.96 (median annual salary of $35,270). There are 44,500+ truck drivers in Minnesota; a truck driving school may get you started on the path to join them.
A number of truck driving schools in Minnesota are located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area; however, trucking schools may be found throughout the state in cities like Duluth, Alexandria, and Winona. Minnesota truck driving schools may provide you with the training necessary to acquire a commercial driver's license (CDL) and become a professional truck driver. To obtain a CDL license in Minnesota you must be 18 years or older. To transport materials across state lines, federal regulations require you to be at least 21 years of age. In Minnesota, a basic CDL license requires both a general knowledge exam and a three part skills test which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test, and an on-road driving exam. Endorsements to haul double/triple trailers or hazardous materials require an additional knowledge exam. Minnesota truck driving schools will prepare you to pass these examinations.
To find a truck driving school in Minnesota, see the list of featured trucking schools below.
Learn more about Minnesota CDL requirements.