GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
74,323. That’s the total number of available jobs statewide since January 13th, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. At the top of the list of the job titles posted most often with 4,365 available jobs with plenty of scenery, plenty of job security, and pandemic friendly, is trucking.
What do you call something that weighs up to 80,000 pounds, has up to 600 horse power, delivers over 2000 pounds of torque, and you behind the wheel? Job security! Trainer and tester with CDL Qualifiers, Aimee Matern says, “Clothing, food, equipment. If you’ve touched it, it’s been on a truck. So, trucks are what really drive our country.”
There were over 14,000 unemployment claims filed the week of January 9th. Troy Nuss is a student driver at CDL Certifiers seeking a new career path. Troy says, “I was in the oil and gas industry, and COVID came about and slowed everything down. So, I got laid off from that job.”
That same report from the CDLE shows data that almost 4, 400 are available with a CDL. “It’s a skill that’s good for the rest of your life,” Matern said. “As long as you can reach the pedals, you can drive one of these things,” Nuss said.
It may not be as difficult as you may think to get a CDL. Matern says, “You have to pass a dot physical. You have to go down to the drivers license office and take a written test like you would for a regular drivers license. You have to get training, and then once you do that, you come and take a test.” As a matter of fact, one of the toughest requirements is parallel parking. “You got a 40 or 50 foot tail behind you all the time. You got to make those corners real wide, and watch out for other traffic,” said Nuss. Matern says, “Colorado is a different animal. You got the I-70 corridor, you’ve got all these mountain passes. You got quite a bit of challenge if you want to be a driver.”
If you’re up to the challenge, and the job security, the average yearly salary for rookies is $40,000, and if that’s not enough to convince you to get your CDL, here’s an inside tip. “You can’t beat the views from the office window. They change everyday,” Matern said.