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Nevada Trucking Degrees

Trucking Degrees: Nevada Career Colleges

Career College: Nevada Transportation and Trucking Programs

Looking for accredited career colleges, technical schools, and universities in Nevada offering Transportation and Trucking degrees. Transportation degrees or truck driver training can lead to a multitude of career options. With the skills you learn through transportation courses, you can coordinate, direct, or plan transportation.

The experience you are likely to have going to college in Nevada is as widely varied as the state itself. The mining towns of Eastern Nevada, such as Battle Mountain, Winnemucca and Elko, offer career experience in the resource extraction industry. Then there are the gambling towns of Reno and Las Vegas, which could not be more different from one another. Despite the widespread casinos and their associated nightlife, Reno is an established city with a real down-home feel. Reno has strong community organizations, and a small but hardy arts scene. Las Vegas is, to some, the Eighth Wonder of the World. This is a 24-hour city with world-class opportunities in the fields of entertainment and hospitality. Or perhaps you will be drawn to the serene desert life in the largely empty parts of Nevada between these cities.

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Nevada Career Colleges: Transportation and Trucking Degrees

Trucking school gets you on the road

Does the idea of making a living behind the wheel of a 26,000-pound truck appeal to you? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job forecast for truck drivers--especially long-haul drivers--is looking good. Furthermore, getting started may not be as hard as you think.

  • A commercial drivers license is the most important qualification for becoming a truck driver.
  • You will need to take a driver training course to prepare yourself for CDL testing. Check with your local vocational or technical school for CDL training courses. (Before you sign up, make sure your course is properly accredited).
  • If money is an issue, check with your local independent trucking companies. Some may offer free training programs or tuition reimbursement programs. Trucking school loans are also available through the federal government.

From driver training to driving jobs

Once your CDL training is done, you can take heart from the latest job estimates. BLS estimates 232,900 new tractor-trailer and heavy truck driving jobs between 2008 and 2018.

You can also expect higher wages than jobs that require no training and licensing: $41,100 annually on average for heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers (according to BLS 2010 wage report). CareerOneStop reports that 10% of these drivers earn over $57,000 per year.

Travel far from home, hours of solitude, and the physical demands of unloading materials make for a challenging lifestyle. Then again, truck driving just might offer the freedom, adventure, and money you're looking for.

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