$60,710 earning potential
Commercial truck drivers operate tractor-trailer trucks to transport products all across the country. They haul long distances, often across state lines, to deliver their products.
You like to travel
You're good under pressure; you're reliable
You want great job security
You enjoy your independence and working alone
You want to own your own business
You're alert and aware of your surroundings
Where I trained: Arkansas State University–Beebe and Maverick Transportation through Arkansas State University–Newport
What I Earned: Associate degree in general studies, liberal arts and business and technical degree in commercial driving
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Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arkansas Trucking Association and CareerOneStop.org
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What I love about driving is having the best views right from my 'office' windows. I am able to see and experience so many things that would not be possible had I not made the decision to get my commercial driver’s license."
The skills I think are important for a professional driver are patience, the ability to make good decisions under pressure, time management, multitasking, excellent customer service, and the willingness to learn! With what we call 'The Maverick Way,' it means promoting our emphasis on safety and doing the right thing - with integrity, respect and commitment."
I've had the opportunity to advance my career from a Professional Driver to becoming a Driver Instructor in our training department. But, I can tell you, it won’t stop there! I have goals to advance my career with Maverick and I am fortunate to be a part of a great company that values their people and allows these opportunities. I'm a part of a family at Maverick!"