Nebraska Trucking Jobs
Truck Driving Jobs in Nebraska for You…
Nebraska has a large agricultural sector and is an important producer of port, beef, corn, soybeans, and sorghum. Both rail and truck transport are other important industries, as is manufacturing. As you would expect, all kinds of good trucking jobs are available in the state of Nebraska. Local truckers are needed to transport goods and commodities all over the state. Many local drivers have regular, dedicated routes in which they make the same stops and often see the same customers each week. As a rule, they get to go home most every day. Regional drivers typically drive a longer route, although staying within the same general region of the country, usually, the area in which they live. Routes may or may not be dedicated, and variety in route is available to those who desire it. The longest distance drivers are the Over The Road (OTR) truck drivers. These drivers typically put many miles on their rigs in the process of delivering their cargo. Their radius of travel may take them anywhere in the country, including Alaska, so several weeks on the road are common. Of course, in between specific jobs, they do get to spend time at home with family and friends. These drivers get to see a lot of the country, in all its richness and variations. They work very independently and experience considerable freedom on a day to day basis.
If you’re ready to start exploring career opportunities for truck drivers in Nebraska, use our listings to get moving, partner!
Truck Driver Requirements in Nebraska
Applicants for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Nebraska must be at least 18 years old or 21 years old if they wish to transport passengers or drive interstate. They must supply proof of identity and legal status to be in the United States, as well as proof that they are residents of the state of Nebraska. They will need to pass vision and knowledge tests and supply a completed Medical Examiner’s Certificate. Once they have met the above requirements, they will be eligible for a permit to learn to drive a commercial vehicle in the class for which they have applied: Class A, Class B, or Class C, depending upon the weight of the vehicle and other specifications. They will be expected to log in significant training hours accompanied by a CDL holder in the same class of vehicle as the one they will be driving. The CDL holder must be in the cab with them at all times while they are practicing driving.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has made a training video available to prospective CDL holders showing examinees taking the CDL pre-trip inspection skills test an example of what specifically is expected of them. There is also an interactive written exam for the general knowledge commercial driver’s test that applicants can use as a study guide to help them prepare for the exam. All CDL skills tests are by appointment only. Most individuals interested in applying for a CDL prepare for the test process by enrolling in a professional commercial driving school. These are located throughout the state.
Building Your Trucking Career
The Nebraska Trucking Association represents the interests of the trucking industry within the state of Nebraska, helping to improve safety, provide education and members support, and advocate for legislation of concern to the industry both within state and nationally (www. nebtrucking.com). The September, 2014 Driver of the Month is William H Larson who drives for Hunt Transportation. He has been a driver for 43 years, 33 of them with Hunt. He has won numerous other driver of the month awards, as well as Owner Operator of the Year. He enjoys spending time with his three children and grandchildren, working on his farm and with the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Benefits of a Trucking Career in Nebraska
There are lots of good things about a career as a truck driver. For one thing, it can carry you from your late teenage years all the way up to retirement and beyond, providing a source of steady work and a decent income. In Nebraska, the average truck driver earns $40,400 per year, and many truck drivers do much better than that, depending on their routes, the company they drive for, and other factors. Salary is very important, and in Nebraska, you can do better than the national average, but benefits offered by specific companies matter, too. Because it is not easy to recruit qualified truck drivers, companies have to compete for the best drivers, and part of their competitive edge comes from the benefits packages they offer. Medical, dental, and vision services are basically standard, and some employers offer flexible health spending accounts which enable you to use pre-tax dollars for certain qualified medical expenses, such as eye glasses ad hearing aids. Retirement plans are usually part of the package in the form of 401k plans, sometimes with employers contributing up to a certain percentage to match the contributions made by the employee. This allows your retirement funds to grow much faster! The amount of paid vacation you will have depends upon how many years you have been with your company, and usually ranges from one to three weeks. There may be leave for military service and bereavement. And disability and life insurance policies, paid for by the company, are another frequent perk. In all, the value of a benefits package typically adds about 30% to the income you will be earning. Very sweet!
Travel towards a more secure future with a career in trucking. Begin by contacting one or more of the employers listed on this site to get more information about their open positions!