There are many careers in the United States that are highly dominated by the Asian American community. We have mentioned in other posts, that the Asian American community owns small businesses are much higher rates than the average American. They also represent higher proportions of STEM related fields than the average American. But while Asian Americans rank well among these highly technical and entrepreneurial occupations, we see them criminally underrepresented in blue-collar occupations all across the United States.
Despite the United States’ declining manufacturing sector, there are still many many of these blue-collar jobs that are not being filled by Asian Americans. Many times these are union jobs that offer very competitive salaries and benefits packages that are perfect for raising families on. Many of these jobs have become the backbone of the American dream for families, allowing a family to live comfortably and save up enough money for their children to go to college.
Some of these jobs are ready-to-start and you learn on the job with an apprentice or a shop foreman, while some of them require a small amount of schooling.
One of today’s most popular trades is long-distance freight moving. In order to become a long distance freight hauler, you need to go to truck driving school. There are different levels of licenses that need to be attained in order to drive large semi-trucks across country.
That being said, the cost of getting your CDL license is trivial compared to the returns that you will get. Schooling, just like anything else, needs to be viewed as an investment for a person. Going to school to get your CDL drivers license is an investment that will pay off in the long run because it will allow you to collect higher wages for the rest of your life. The schooling might be difficult, but CDL practice tests will help you prepare.
Truck driving can work in a couple of different ways. One of the most popular ways to drive trucks is by working for the companies themselves. Large companies discovered long ago that they could save money by starting their own distribution chains rather than hire them out to outside firms. This is why you see Walmart, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi trucks all driving across the highway. These drivers work directly for these companies. These are generally not long-haul jobs, however.
Long-haul trucking is usually more lucrative. Long-haul trucking requires more time spent on the road, however, and this can result in more time spent away from your family. This is why the pay is more lucrative because there are some trade-offs to long haul trucking.
As we said earlier, Asian Americans are vastly underrepresented in these fields and this problem needs to be addressed within society. We should be encouraging Asian Americans to pursue these types of career opportunities because they offer great pay and great benefits without the need of an expensive four-year degree. There is no reason that the Asian American community cannot compete just as well as any our group in the same field.
For those students who think that college isn’t an avenue you’re willing to take or invest in, consider a career in commercial truck driving.