Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) are often associated with trucking jobs, but there are many other career options available. Whether you’re looking to make a change or just beginning your career, here are some of the non-trucking CDL jobs available.
With Passenger Endorsement
Jobs transporting passengers will typically require a passenger endorsement, which you can earn at the same time as you earn your CDL.
One of the most common non-trucking CDL jobs is as a bus driver. Bus drivers transport people to a variety of destinations, such as school, work, and leisure activities. To be a bus driver, you need a Class B or C CDL, depending on the size of the bus. Bus drivers often need to possess strong multitasking skills and be able to handle difficult situations.
Similar to bus drivers, shuttle drivers take passengers between destinations. Some shuttles don’t require a CDL depending on the size and number of passengers, but larger vehicles often do require a CDL holder to operate.
Non-Passenger Job Options
Emergency Vehicle Drivers
Emergency vehicle drivers transport medical personnel and equipment to the scene of an emergency. This can include ambulances, fire trucks, and police vehicles. Not all of these vehicles require a CDL to operate, but some will, depending on the size. Emergency vehicle drivers must have a strong sense of responsibility and be able to handle stressful situations.
Delivery drivers transport goods from one location to another. Delivery drivers often work for delivery companies, such as FedEx or UPS. Delivery drivers need to be able to multitask, as well as follow delivery routes and schedules.
Construction Vehicle Drivers
Construction vehicle drivers transport materials and equipment to and from construction sites. These drivers often need a CDL. Construction vehicle drivers must be able to follow directions and be comfortable driving large vehicles.
Tow Truck Drivers
Tow truck drivers transport disabled vehicles to repair shops. These drivers must be able to handle difficult situations and think quickly.
Farm Equipment Drivers
Farm equipment drivers transport agricultural equipment to and from farms. To succeed in this industry, you must be comfortable driving large vehicles. Familiarity with the agricultural industry is a plus.
Waste Management Drivers
Waste management drivers transport waste and recyclables to and from waste management facilities. These jobs have stable year-round demand.
Earn Your CDL
These are just some of the non-trucking CDL jobs available. With the right knowledge and experience, you can find the perfect job for you. Yuma Truck Driving School can help you get started, and our program can get you on the road in as little as four weeks. We offer job placement assistance and can help you explore opportunities that best match your needs and desires, including jobs beyond traditional long-haul trucking.