Time Investment Favours a Career as a Professional Driver Compared to Other Trades.

Class 1 Driver Training

As the new year approaches, will you be heading back to your same limiting job, or are you ready to look at your career options? A bigger question to ask; “Am I really happy doing what I am currently doing?”. Considering we spend almost our entire waking week at work, career satisfaction is a huge part of our daily happiness and a defining factor in our mental health too. If you are not academically inclined, you have some great career options. Let’s take a look at three different career paths that compare favourably in salaries.


To become a plumber, you will need to spend many years in training, gaining experience to hone your skills. Once you are past the training, you will be in a position to earn a reasonable living. After training and experience, you can expect to earn around $50,000 per year, but you will also face stiff competition in the marketplace – whether you work for yourself or for someone else. The job is also unpredictable, and one in which you must respond to client calls at any time – day or night. You may have difficulty to create a regular set of hours that you can build a routine around. 


Electricians require even more training than plumbers, requiring classroom time as well as on the job training.  An electrician will obtain different certifications in order to move up the pay scale ladder.  This will often take many years to achieve the highest rating. The pay will be  slightly better than plumbing, but it will take a few years to get there. Again, as with being a plumber, being an electrician can mean unpredictable hours, and taking the work whenever and wherever it comes.

Class 1 Professional Driver

Becoming a professional class 1 driver/operator is another career option worth considering. After completing the intense 244-hour training, you will be able to command an entry level position that will be in the $40,000 to $45,000 range. Because there is still a huge demand for qualified drivers in North America, your ability to quickly move up the pay-scale is there for the taking. To attract drivers, many trucking firms are offering regular routes to allow operators to enjoy a routine outside of the cab.

Learn more about why a professional driving career is one of the fastest paths to a well-paying and rewarding job. If you want the best opportunity to be placed in the transportation industry upon graduation you’ll find out why most firms consider First Class Training Centre as the premier educator for Class 1 drivers in Winnipeg, Brandon and rural Manitoba. 

Make the New Year something to celebrate.