A commercial driver’s license (CDL) can open various career doors, allowing you to land positions that would otherwise be out of reach. However, the types of CDL driver jobs you can land vary based on your license.
Certain CDL jobs require a specific type of CDL. Additionally, some may require additional endorsements. Here’s an overview of the kinds of CDL driver jobs you’re potentially eligible for based on your license.
Types of CDL Driver Jobs Based on Your License
CDL A Driver Jobs
Drivers with a CDL A can operate vehicles with a gross combined weight of over 26,001 pounds, suggesting the towed vehicle weighs at least 10,001 pounds. Usually, CDL A licenses are required to operate some of the largest trucks on the road today, such as semis.
CDL B Driver Jobs
With a class B CDL, drivers can operate a single vehicle with a gross weight of over 26,001 pounds or vehicles towing trailers weighing up to 10,000 pounds. This can include various vehicle types, including straight trucks, box trucks, city buses, delivery trucks, dump trucks, and tractor-trailers.
CDL C Driver Jobs
If you have a Class C CDL license, you can operate passenger vehicles – such as larger passenger vans – with 16 or more occupants. Additionally, you can transport specific hazardous materials in smaller vehicles.
CDL Jobs with Endorsements
In some cases, CDL drivers need additional endorsements to operate specific vehicles or carry certain cargo. For example, transporting hazardous material often requires approval. Tank trucks often require a different endorsement, and you may need some for operating school buses, driving doubles or triples, or in other situations.
Additionally, CDL A drivers can often get endorsements that allow them to operate vehicles that usually require a CDL B or CDL C. Similarly, CDL B license holders are potentially able to get an endorsement for CDL C vehicles. By adding those – or any other endorsement – you’re expanding your career options, making you eligible to drive a wider array of trucks and buses.
How to Find the Right CDL Job
In many cases, the first step you must take when looking for CDL jobs is to focus on opportunities that align with your license and current endorsements. A straightforward way to begin is to partner with a recruitment agency.
When you work with a recruiter, you have a job search ally that can help you find right-fit opportunities. Plus, they can assist with resume tailoring and interview preparation, making it easier for you to stand out in the eyes of employers.
Ultimately, there are CDL-driving jobs, making it the perfect time to launch your job search. If you’re ready to find a new CDL driver opportunity and want to partner with a recruiter, GSG Talent Solutions wants to hear from you. Contact us today.