Kentucky Trucking Jobs

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Trucking Jobs in Kentucky

Kentucky, the “Blue Grass State”, is still known for its agricultural production, but its economy has branched into numerous other areas as well. Automobile manufacturing makes up an important sector of the economy, as does energy fuel production. This means that Kentucky contributes substantially many of the goods and products needed by the rest of the country. This is where the trucking industry comes in – all of the commodities produced within the state need to be transported all over the country. Truck drivers play a very important role in making that happen.

There are all kinds of trucking jobs available in Kentucky. It is possible to work locally, limiting your driving to a particular city or metropolitan area where you may have regular routes with regular stops that enable you to get to know your customers. If you wish to drive a bit further, you may enjoy a regional trucking job that keeps you in the same geographic area, but still affords you the ability to drive in between different states. Truckers driving these routes get home a bit less frequently than local drivers, but still manage to get home a few times a week or so. The longest routes are the Over The Road (OTR) routes which take you all across the United States, from east to west and north to south. If you have always wanted to explore our beautiful country, this type of driving job may be just up your alley! You will be out on jobs longer – often from two to four weeks at a time, but then you will have time in between to stay home with family and friends. There is no one “right” type of trucking job – it is all a matter of personal preference.

Requirements for Kentucky Truck Drivers

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet oversees the issuing of commercial driver’s licenses in the state of Kentucky. To qualify, you must first apply for your learner’s permit. To get this, you must be over 18 years old, or over 21 if you wish to drive interstate, and hold a valid Kentucky driver’s license. You will need to demonstrate proof of identity and legal residence within the state. You will have to pass vision and knowledge exams, and obtain a medical examiner’s certificate. As there are three classes of commercial vehicle, Class A, Class B, and Class C, you will need to determine which class you are planning to drive, as your permit will be for that class of vehicle only. When you practice your driving, you will need to have someone with a valid CDL for your class of vehicle accompany you. Once you are ready, you will sign up for the skills test that will look at all aspects of your knowledge and handling of the class of vehicle you are applying to drive. The Kentucky State Police will conduct the test.

Building Your Trucking Career

The Kentucky Motor Transport Association is the organization that represents the interests of truckers as well as other members of the trucking industry both statewide and nationally.They are involved in the legislative process as well as promoting safety practices throughout the industry.

Kentucky is the home of the Kentucky State Truck Driving Championship held each year. In the most recent competition, eight drivers representing FedEx Corporation were among the top finishers in the competition. Two of the competitors will go on to compete at the American Trucking Association’s 2014 NTDC, known as the “super bowl of safety”.  

Professional Benefits of a Truck Driving Career in Kentucky

The truck driving industry is critically important to the economy of the state of Kentucky, making good driving jobs plentiful and qualified drivers in high demand. Salaries and benefits offered by companies operating in Kentucky tend to reflect this. Median salary for truck drivers in Kentucky is $36,400, a bit lower than the national average. However, cost of living in Kentucky is also lower than average, making the dollar stretch further here. Companies also tend to offer excellent benefits packages. Medical, dental, and vision coverage are pretty standard, and most companies also offer retirement plans in the form of 401k plans. There may be signing bonuses for qualified drivers who stay with the company for a certain length of time. Paid vacation is standard, with weeks of vacation increasing with years of service. Disability and life insurance plans are often paid by the employer. And paid leave for bereavement and military service are often among the benefits offered.

Find a Kentucky Trucking Job Today!

Interested in a good, steady career as a truck driver in Kentucky? Now is a great time to get into this growing field. Get in touch with one or more of the professional driving schools located in an area near you. They are listed for you below. 

Browse truck driving schools in Kentucky to find a CDL training center near you.

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