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Advantages to Earning a Commercial Driver’s License

Why You Should Have a CDL in your Pocket

Updated September 2021

If you have been considering a change of careers, then you may want to consider the benefits of earning a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) could provide you. While the country depends on those with commercial driver’s licenses to provide goods and services, there is currently a shortage of qualified drivers to fill open positions. This is making it more advantageous than ever to take a CDL training course. Here are just a few reasons to consider earning a CDL.

Trucking is On the Rise

The demand for truck drivers is at an all-time high. As the country continues to live through the COVID-19 pandemic, consumer spending further increases freight demand. That is not the only thing the pandemic has impacted. Due to the demand for those with a commercial driver’s license, the pay has increased to upwards of $70,000. This means new truck drivers can be earning more at a faster rate.

Minimal Training Requirements

Many career paths will require you to possess a college degree. This can take 4-6 years to complete while causing students to rack up tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Alternatively, earning your CDL only requires a short-term commitment. Training programs last weeks rather than years. Additionally, CDL training courses are fairly affordable, which can help to ensure that you don’t start your new career saddled with debt.

Diverse Career Options

While other degrees and training programs may limit you to a single career path, you will have diverse career options to choose from after gaining a CDL. Drivers can choose from becoming a cross-country truck driver to working locally making short deliveries. There is a variety of options with a CDL. With a CDL, you could also choose to become a bus driver, or you could even start training to become a firefighter as you often need a commercial license to drive a fire engine. The career options available to you are truly endless when you possess a CDL.

Job Security

Choosing a career as a commercial driver will also help to ensure your future job security. Not only is there currently a shortage of commercial drivers because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but no matter what happens to the economy, products will still need to be delivered across the country. Truck driving is one career that can definitely ensure your future job security.

See The Country

Should you choose to use your CDL to become a truck driver, this will give you a unique opportunity to see the country. From the city to the countryside, you could see it all. Not many people get to experience the United States like a truck driver.


While many jobs require a fairly regimented routine and schedule, the fact is that not everyone likes the idea of being stuck at a cubicle from 9-5 Monday through Friday week after week. A CDL will provide you with career options that allow for flexibility, meaning that your job location and time, may not be constant. For many people, this can help prevent them from becoming bored with their work. It may even provide them with the flexibility to create their own schedule based on their wants/needs.

There are a variety of benefits that you can gain by earning a commercial driver’s license. Contact us to learn more about these benefits as well as to learn more about the unique career options earning a CDL could present you with. CDS is proud to provide all students with tuition assistance and job placement help throughout their training.