We calculated that 18% of Commercial Drivers are proficient in Customer Service, CDL, and Customer Orders. They’re also known for soft skills such as Hand-eye coordination, Hearing ability, and Physical health.
We break down the percentage of Commercial Drivers that have these skills listed on their resume here:
Some of the skills we found on commercial driver resumes included "customer service," "cdl," and "customer orders." We have detailed the most important commercial driver responsibilities below. Hand-eye coordination can be considered to be the most important personality trait for a commercial driver to have. According to a commercial driver resume, "drivers of heavy trucks and tractor-trailers must be able to coordinate their legs, hands, and eyes simultaneously so that they will react appropriately to the situation around them and drive the vehicle safely." Commercial drivers are able to use hand-eye coordination in the following example we gathered from a resume: "move sand around in the warehouse with bucket loader skills used cdl class a saftey skills hand eye coordination heavy equipment" Another commonly found skill for being able to perform commercial driver duties is the following: hearing ability. According to a commercial driver resume, "truck drivers need good hearing." Check out this example of how commercial drivers use hearing ability: "provided clients with transportation to their medical appointments including therapy, dentistry, hearing and dialysis. " Another skill that is quite popular among commercial drivers is physical health. This skill is very critical to fulfilling every day responsibilities as is shown in this example from a commercial driver resume: "federal regulations do not allow people to become truck drivers if they have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or epilepsy, which may interfere with their ability to operate a truck" This example from a resume shows how this skill is used: "maintain a cdl-a and dot physical. " In order for certain commercial driver responsibilities to be completed, the job requires the skill "visual ability." According to a commercial driver resume, "truck drivers must be able to pass vision tests" As an example, this snippet was taken directly from a resume about how this skill applies: "performed visual vehicle inspection daily. "
See the full list of commercial driver skills.
Before becoming a commercial driver, 18.5% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 2.1% commercial drivers went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, some commercial drivers have a college degree. But about one out of every two commercial drivers didn't attend college at all.
The commercial drivers who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied business and criminal justice, while a small population of commercial drivers studied general studies and automotive technology.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a commercial driver. We've found that most commercial driver resumes include experience from Waste Management, Republic Services, and Pep Boys. Of recent, Waste Management had 190 positions open for commercial drivers. Meanwhile, there are 18 job openings at Republic Services and 16 at Pep Boys.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, commercial drivers tend to earn the biggest salaries at GK Holdings, Victory Packaging, and Meridian Waste Solutions. Take GK Holdings for example. The median commercial driver salary is $70,163. At Victory Packaging, commercial drivers earn an average of $68,214, while the average at Meridian Waste Solutions is $67,731. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
View more details on commercial driver salaries across the United States.
We also looked into companies who hire commercial drivers from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Uber Technologies, Lyft, and Schneider National.