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Career Overview

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What They Do


Truck Drivers transport goods from one location to the other. Truck Drivers often drive long distances, either in state or cross-country. Truck Drivers must possess a commercial driver’s license and are trained in safe driving best practices. Truck Drivers often assist with loading and unloading their vehicle. Truck Drivers are responsible for ensuring that their goods arrive safely and on schedule.

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Job Duties

  • Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation.

  • Secure cargo.

  • Inspect cargo to ensure it is properly loaded or secured.

  • Record service or repair activities.

  • Record operational or production data.

  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.

  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.

  • Notify others of emergencies, problems, or hazards.

  • Collect fares or payment from customers.

  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.

  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.

  • Verify information or specifications.

  • Connect cables or electrical lines.

  • Acquire supplies or equipment.

  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition.

  • Read maps to determine routes.

  • Package materials or products.

  • Operate communications equipment or systems.

  • Adjust routes or speeds as necessary.

  • Choose optimal transportation routes or speeds.

  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials.

  • Remove debris or damaged materials.

  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.

  • Direct material handling or moving activities.

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Job Earnings


In 2019, the reported earnings in New York State for CDL Drivers were:

$33,500  10th percentile

$39,920  25th percentile

$49,240   Median

$62,400   75th percentile

$80,170   90th percentile

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Education/Training Requirements


Persons who want to work as CDL Drivers need to have a High School Diploma or equivalent education level as minimum academic qualifications. They also must attend a training program from a technical or vocational school in order to learn suitable skills and knowledge to obtain the Commercial Driver´s License (CDL). This document is required to drive trucks or other types of vehicles carrying hazardous materials or oversize loads with a weight over 26,001 pounds. 

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Job Outlook & Growth


In New York State in 2016, there were +65,590 registered CDL drivers.  In 2026, there are projected to be 70,050 CDL drivers.  That is a 7% increase in available jobs.

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Middle & High School Opportunities

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Local Colleges/Training


Local Career Connection

Robert Strassner, CDL Driver

Power & Construction Group

Scottsville, NY

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Cardinal Drivers Offer Perspective

Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With CDL Driver Jobs
Logo Link to Power & Construction Group
Logo Link to Swan Equipment and Trucking
Logo Link to Barilla
Logo Link to American Rock Salt
Logo Link to Genesee Construction
Logo Link to Land Pro
Logo Link to Nationl Grid
Logo Link to The Dolomite Group
Logo Link to C.P. Ward
Logo Link to US Gypsum

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