Mississippi Trucking Jobs
Trucking Jobs in Mississippi
Mississippi is traditionally known for cotton farming which remains alive and well today, and is also known for a robust poultry industry. The products and commodities produced in Mississippi need to be transported both throughout the state and to distant corners of the country as well. To meet these objectives, a thriving trucking industry has emerged in the state, offering a cornucopia of different types of driving jobs to motivated drivers.
Every type of trucking job is available in the state of Mississippi. Local jobs have you stay within a certain area, often a major city or metropolitan area. You may have the same route each week with the same stops and same customers, enabling you to develop relationships with people you see all the time. Regional jobs take your further afield, often across state lines, but still within the same general geographic area of the country, usually, the region in which you live. You will be gone longer, for a week, for instance, but be able to get home every few days or so. The longest distance jobs are the Over The Road (OTR) jobs which have you hauling cargo anywhere within the United States. These jobs give you the opportunity to see parts of the country you are unfamiliar with, and experience new cultures, tastes, and scenery. They can appeal to a person with an adventurous streak who enjoys a good amount of independence.
Requirements for Driving in Mississippi
To attain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in the state of Mississippi, one must be at least 17 years of age, or 18 years if you wish to drive a school bus. You will be restricted to driving intrastate until you reach the age of 21. You must show proof of identity, eligibility for a Mississippi driver’s license, and a valid social security number. You must demonstrate that you are legally in the state, and that you are in fact a resident of the state of Mississippi. You must pass a vision screening and a knowledge test, and certify that you are in agreement with the state motor safety regulations. You will need a completed Medical Examiner’s Certificate. Once you have met these requirements, you will be eligible for a learner’s permit that will permit you to drive the class of vehicle for which you are applying, Class A, Class B, or Class C, as long as you are accompanied by a CDL holder for that class who is alongside you in the cab. After practicing your driving and handling of your vehicle, you can make an appointment to take your skills test, and tests for each endorsement you wish to obtain, such as school bus driving, or air brakes. Most people find it helpful to prepare for their CDL by studying at one of the many professional driving schools located throughout the state. These schools can help you to navigate the many steps you must take to attain the license.
Building Your Trucking Career
The Mississippi Trucking Association is the only organization in the state that provides full-time service and representation to the members of the trucking community within Mississippi. The association has served as the voice of the trucking industry in the state since 1942.
In August, 2014, a car t-boned a semi tractor trailer on I10 near Biloxi. The car struck the fuel tank causing a massive fire ball. The doors of the car were jammed shut and the driver couldn’t exit because she had suffered a broken leg. A truck driver saw the incident and ran with his fire extinguisher to help. Along with others who joined in, they were able to fight back the flames long enough to pull the driver and her 1 year old granddaughter from the burning car. Everyone involved was okay.
Why Pursue Driving a Truck in Mississippi
Driving a truck can provide you with a good and steady income that can last from your late teens on up to retirement and beyond. In Mississippi, the average salary for a truck driver is $35,900 a year. While this is lower than the $38,700 average across the United States, the cost of living in Mississippi is quite low, making this a solid middle class income. Plus, benefits offered by employers for qualified drivers can add as much as 30% to your salary. Medical, dental, and vision benefits are standard, and weeks of paid vacation increase with years of service. Most employers offer retirement plans in the form of 401k plans and some employers contribute to your fund with matching dollars. Paid leave for military reserve service and bereavement are other perks paid by some employers, as are life and disability insurance.
Join the Mississippi Trucking Industry Today
The state of Mississippi has a thriving trucking industry – why not be part of it by becoming a qualified truck driver? Start by contacting some of the employers listed on the site to see what you need to do to jump-start your career as a truck driver!
View truck driving schools in Mississippi if you need to obtain your CDL License.