Truck Driving Jobs Employment Assistance
Whether you want to drive trucks locally, regionally or over-the-road, SAGE may have the answer for you. SAGE will assist in completing new truck driver applications, developing a resume, and working with you on professional presentation and interviewing skills. And our placement assistance advisers will assist you in evaluating many aspects of your potential trucking company employers, including benefits, pay and bonus packages, equipment and home time. Then we will assist you in evaluating the offers you receive. Our goal is to help all of our graduates with job placement assistance during the truck driver training program. That’s because the best trucking companies are looking for the highest quality students. They know that a better trained employee will be more responsible, more productive, and safer. And it also means that the best trained students may earn more money faster as a truck driver. With Sage’s training you may be able to be driving a truck solo quicker. We want you to learn more so you earn more!
Job Placement Assistance Services
Each SAGE school provides job placement assistance services to every student who wants it while enrolled in school, as well as after graduation. Graduates can contact the school at any time for assistance in locating a job, and to take advantage of SAGE’s network of many high quality local, regional and national employers that hire SAGE students. No school can guarantee a student a job, but we guarantee that we will use our best efforts to prepare and assist you. And we are proud of our placement success. Although placement rates for specific SAGE schools vary over time and based on the economy and transportation industry, SAGE has successfully assisted thousands of graduates find good, middle class truck driving jobs. Ask any of our graduates and they will likely tell you that if you want a professional truck driving job, SAGE staff can help you find one!
- First and foremost, the SAGE Certificate of Completion gives you the credentials required by so many trucking employers. It tells the employer that you’ve been trained to one of the highest standards for entry level drivers. Few carriers will hire you without these credentials, even if you are licensed.
- Our experienced staff will assist you in evaluating employers, developing interviewing skills, completing job applications and making contact with your companies of choice.
- We are dedicated to assisting students in bringing together their educational background, work experience and personal preferences to secure the job they want.
The Trucking Industry
The trucking industry contributes an enormous amount of money to the economy. The combination of common carriers and private truck fleets can account for over $175 billion of annual revenue. To meet the freight demand that generates these revenues, the hiring needs of many large trucking companies is substantial. The more drivers a company hires, the more freight they can haul. And there is a huge amount of cargo to be transported. As the saying goes, “if you got it, a truck brought it.” Although railway service can move freight long distances, only trucks can deliver it directly to most customers.
As a result, industry statistical reports show what a huge demand for drivers there is, and why being a professional truck driver is such a great occupation. The American Trucking Associations reports that through the year 2025, an estimated 890,000 drivers will need to be hired. This means over 88,000 drivers per year will be needed as the industry grows and experienced drivers retire. In fact, ATA studies show that right now there is an estimated shortage of over 38,000 drivers, and this may increase to over 47,000 as the economy improves even slightly. The driver shortage could grow to 175,000 drivers by the year 2024, according to ATA studies.
Moreover, the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor reported that “employment of heavy and tractor-trailer drivers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average of all occupations. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.”
But to take advantage of the demand for truck driving jobs, you need the right training from SAGE professionals. We provide the skills that make you marketable, give you confidence and offer the opportunity to give you freedom and lifetime job satisfaction.
The Life of a Professional Truck Driver has Changed
Trucking is not what it was ten years ago, or even two years ago. It’s changing for the better. Companies realize that in order to attract good drivers they need to make driving a comfortable and enjoyable profession. So every effort is made to get you home more often. The response of the industry has been to provide better pay, newer, more advanced equipment, and excellent benefits. While trucking is a demanding job and employment trends are affected by the economy, being a professional driver can be exciting and satisfying.
- Newly trained drivers typically earn up to $50,000 per year according to industry data such as the U.S. Department of Labor and the American Trucking Associations. Drivers can earn over $47,000 their first year out of a good school. Experienced drivers can earn $60,000 to $80,000 per year, according to many trucking companies, plus great benefits. Motivated drivers with some experience can earn even more. Owner-operators, teams and specialized equipment drivers can earn over $100,000 per year, depending on several factors.
- Trucks are also being redesigned to accommodate the needs of drivers. Most companies operate fleets of virtually new trucks with sophisticated electronics for safety and comfort. Most truckers will drive spacious “condo” cabs that can have full beds, TVs and refrigerators. The trucks have special “air ride” suspension systems to allow a comfortable drive. Most communication is now done by satellite and computer, which increases efficiency and reduces paperwork. Truckers now often have sophisticated in-cab communications and wifi systems right in their trucks for entertainment and business operations!
- Most trucking companies also offer ways for drivers to earn more money through incentive or bonus programs by offering sign-on bonuses and increased pay incentives for safety, fuel economy, on-time driving, mileage, driver referrals, training pay, layovers, and more.
- Benefits offered by trucking companies have also improved to meet drivers’ demands. Companies usually offer full insurance (health, dental, vision, life and disability), paid vacation/holiday/sick days, profit sharing, stock options, retirement plans such as 401(k)s, tuition reimbursement plans, ride-along programs, and other benefits.
- They also recognize that getting a driver home to his or her family frequently is very important. Good employers make every effort to get you home on a regular basis. Companies often offer “dedicated” runs where the driver has a specific customer and a daily route that gets them home on a predictable schedule.
Whether you become a truck driver is a personal decision. It requires careful thought about the lifestyle and family impact, the economy, individual judgment about the job prospects for the type of position you want, and many other factors. Trucking is not a career for everyone, but trucking is a great opportunity to make a good, middle class wage with benefits, flexibility and job stability. For each student, enrolling in truck driving school requires research and consideration of these factors. Thousands of SAGE students have made the decision to change their lives for the better. We hope to see you on the road soon!