Georgia Trucking Jobs
A job as a truck driver in Georgia is in high demand and pays well, especially since trucks are still the best way to transport goods across the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of trucking is expected to grow faster than average between until 2020. Licensed truck drivers have tremendous opportunity for finding and advancing trucking careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 59,520 working drivers in the state. Job growth in this field is projected to grow by 15% to 68,290 by 2016. That projected growth percentage bests the national average growth in trucking jobs of 12.9%. Most of these jobs involve driving a tractor-trailer truck combination and transporting and delivering goods, livestock, and raw materials.
To obtain your CDL, the Department of Driver Services should be consulted. This state department offers the official Commercial Driver License manual in both an online form or a published hard copy that can be picked up at a local driver's license office or state patrol post. After reviewing that material, an application with fee of thirty-five dollars can be submitted an any Department of Driver Services customer service center. Written exams must then be passed after paying a ten dollar permit fee. If the exams are passed, the permit fee pays for CDL driving instructional permit. If the exams are not passed, the fee is non-refundable as a testing fee. The instructional permit entitles its holder to schedule a CDL road test at one eight state examination centers, after successful completion of which a full CDL license is awarded.
Benefits of a Trucking Career
Many job seekers choose trucking for more reasons than pay. Jobs in trucking are available across the nation. Most truck drivers are home during the week and enjoy health and life insurance benefits as well as time off, especially if they work for a large trucking company. Those who thrive in truck driving enjoy the independent aspect of the job as well as the ability to choose a variety of different types of trucking jobs. Drivers who want to pursue specialized driving, like hazardous materials, rush shipping, or extended over-the-road driving can expect to be paid well. Trucking experience can launch someone into other fields like diesel mechanics or a military career. Many also enjoy that the only education required is a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), which only takes a few weeks and which many trucking companies will pay for. Most companies who offer to pay for CDL training also guarantee a job after graduation.
Important Laws and Regulations
Regulations for truck drivers in Georgia conform to federal standards. Truck drivers in Georgia must be at least 18 years old and have a clean driving record, including no instances of driving under the influence or leaving the scene of an accident. CDL applicants under the age of 21 (18-20) can only operate a truck within the state.
A CDL is only required under certain circumstances in Georgia: farm vehicles, military personnel, buses, and recreational vehicles are excluded with some caveats. The CDL class is based on the size of the trailer and the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). All federal rules regarding truck driving, such as the requirement for bi-annual medical exams, are required by Georgia. CDL holders can only have one license at a time and must pass a driving test.
A written test is also required which covers truck driving laws and truck preventative maintenance. Despite the regulations, a truck driving job in Georgia is a quick way to obtain a well-paying career without much educational investment or the risk of not being able to find a job.
If you are looking to earn your Class A CDL License, check out this list of truck driving schools in Georgia for more information.