Although it's not as well known as some of Louisiana's more tourist-driven cities, Baton Rouge is still a promising city for aspiring truck drivers. There is one major truck driving school in this area: Diesel Driving Academy. With small class sizes, you can work closely with an instructor and take advantage of many driving opportunities.
Part of starting your truck driving career is deciding what type of commercial driver's license you want to earn. Most students complete a Class A course, since it allows you to drive a variety of trucks. Class B licenses are also very useful in and around Louisiana.
Baton Rouge is one of the largest cities in Louisiana, currently holding over 230,000 residents. If you live here, you can also enjoy a very low cost of living. Highways that run through Baton Rouge include U.S. Highway 51 and Airline Highway. Local employers include Hercules Transport, Quality Transport, and Martin Transport.
The claims that heavy truck drivers in this part of Louisiana earn a median salary of $39,490 per year. Their estimates also indicate that light truck drivers have a median income of about $31,260 (BLS, 2013).