The open road: CDL course is the license to a high-paying career field

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Like the open road, the U.S. economy has its ups and downs. But some jobs just keep cruising along.

Truck driving is a high-demand, high-paying profession that has withstood the economic downturn. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the trucking profession will expand nearly 15 percent by 2020, with top-tier earners taking home about $60,000 a year in current salaries.

“This is the only job I’ve had in my life where I’m not only good at it, but I love everything about it.”

For Jeremy Turner, 35, driving trucks is more about adventure than anything else. Turner’s first careers were in property management and as a gas station manager.

“I wanted to experience something different,” Turner said. “I was ready to do something better and it dawned on me that if I wanted to do it, now was the time.”

Turner had never seen the inside of a truck before signing up for the North Idaho College Workforce Training Center Commercial Driver’s License course in 2012. He knew he enjoyed driving and the idea of traveling to new places every day appealed to him.

“I always wanted to see Graceland, New York City, jump in a warm ocean. I’ve done all these cool things already,” he said. “Truckers have a lot of good stories.”

Turner said what surprised him the most out of his new career was that he actually sees his family more than he did before he got on the road. Some of his family members are spread out across the United States. Truck driving gives him the opportunity to drop by and visit when he’s in town. The family time has been a nice surprise, and so has the actual job itself.

“This is the only job I’ve had in my life where I’m not only good at it, but I love everything about it,” Turner said.

For more information, contact the NIC Workforce Training Center at (208) 769-3333 or visit


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