What Are Non-CDL Driving Jobs?


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A non-CDL driving job is a job that involves driving vehicles with a gross weight rating 26,000 pounds or less, that does not regularly transport 16 or more people at a time and that does not transport hazardous materials. CDL stands for commercial driver's license and is a federally mandated label.

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Examples of jobs that do not require a CDL are taxi drivers, chauffeurs, delivery drivers and mail carriers. A driving job that does not require a CDL may require a separate state license instead. A taxi driver or chauffeur may need to get a public chauffeur license if the state requires it.

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs require no formal education, and when hired, they usually receive some short on-the-job training. The median income for taxi drivers and chauffeurs as of 2012 is $22,820 per year, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job outlook is good with an annual growth forecast of 16 percent.

Light truck delivery drivers work in various industries such as wholesale, retail and courier services. They need no formal education or additional licensing. The BLS statistics for light truck delivery drivers as of 2013 show median earnings of $29,170 per year. Jobs are predicted to remain steady with an annual growth of 0.9 percent.

Postal mail carriers are required to take a test when applying for a job and are hired based on test scores. Mail carriers fared highest in earnings, and the BLS statistics show median annual earnings of $53,100 per year. Future job growth is declining, with an annual job forecast of negative 28 percent.

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