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How to start a trucking career and truck driver career path

A Schneider company truck parked in a driving course lined with traffic cones

If the open road sounds a lot better than a cubicle, there’s a good chance you’ve got it — the itch to become a truck driver. Some people suppress the feeling, settling for a life cooped up in corporate culture or performing menial tasks that don’t really make difference. But that’s not you, is it?

Wouldn’t you rather cruise down the highway enjoying a gorgeous sunrise, pinching yourself while quietly muttering, “They pay me to do this?!”

If you’re ready to make the leap into a rewarding career that plays a critical role in the economy and lets you see the country like never before — now with more home time options than ever — congratulations!

… but now what?

How do I start a trucking career?

If you haven’t visited recently (or ever), we’ve added a new section on how to Start a Truck Driving Career. In it, you’ll discover:

  • How to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Five ways to pay for truck driving school (even if you think you can’t afford it!)
  • How to find and apply for a trucking job that meets your unique needs
  • Where to go if you have questions at any point throughout the process

Check it out now: Start a Truck Driving Career >>

Once I start a trucking career, how far can I go?

You’d be shocked. Many people wrongly think all driving opportunities are created equal, and all are basically dead end careers: Add a few cents per mile here; get an extra week of paid time off there.

Not true at all!

Truck drivers have incredible career advancement opportunities — especially at Schneider.

Fortunately, we have a detailed Career Paths section on that maps that out too. In it, you’ll discover:

  • How simple it is to switch driving configurations to meet your changing needs
  • An easy way to boost your income $10,000 more per year (without working more)
  • How to advance from a company driver to an owner-operator and fleet owner
  • How one of Schneider’s vice presidents advanced to his role after starting as a driver

Check it out now: Career Paths >>

We encourage you to explore the rest of, too, as you’ll learn more about our pay and benefits, equipment and technology, facility locations, commitment to the military and much more.

We’re continually adding content as we seek to provide a comprehensive driving career resource center for current and potential drivers.

Still not sure if truck driving is for you?

Check out our ‘Inexperienced Drivers’ page so you can make an informed decision whether or not driving is for you.
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