Ohio Trucking Jobs
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Ohio is a state in the Midwestern portion of the United States. Because it serves as a link between the Northeast and Midwest, much cargo and business traffic pass through its borders along its well developed highways. Ohio is an ideal location for truck drivers to operate from as they carry goods and commodities throughout the country. If you want to speak with companies that are looking for quality drivers, contact them through the job listings on our site! That’s what we’re here for: To help you get ahead!
As is true throughout the country, there are three main types of trucking jobs in Ohio. OTR (Over The Road) drivers haul goods all across the country, usually crossing over a number of state boundaries. The climate and terrain they encounter in their work is very variable. OTR drivers typically spend 2 to 4 weeks on the road, then returning home for some family time. These jobs appeal to individuals with a strong desire to work independently and to earn as much income as possible.
Regional driving jobs involve routes that are somewhat shorter than OTR routes, although they still often cross state lines. Schedules may be more regular with these jobs, with specific stops that are made each week, although routes can vary each week as well. Regional drivers get home more often than OTR drivers, typically, every few days, or weekly. These jobs may appeal to individuals with families at home.
Local driving jobs limit your travel to a smaller radius, such as within a particular metropolitan area or city. With these jobs, it may be possible to get home on most days, making them ideally suited for individuals with young children and/or family obligations.
In order to become a truck driver, it is necessary to obtain a CDL permit and eventually a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) issued by the state. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and are restricted to driving within the state of Ohio until they turn 21. Depending upon the type and size of vehicle you are going to drive, there are different CDL categories: Class A, Class B, and Class C. You will need to pass knowledge and skill tests specific to the class of vehicle you will be driving. Most drivers prepare by attending a professional driving school.
What are the Requirements for Driving in Ohio?
In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants for a CDL must pass a vision test and meet minimum medical standards set by federal and state rules and regulations. It is necessary to show a valid social security card for identification. The first document that is issued is a CDIP (Commercial Driver’s Instruction Permit), which is usually valid for six months. During this time, you may operate the appropriate class of vehicle as long as someone holding a CDL for that class of vehicle sits beside you in the cab.
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Most Ohio drivers belong to the Ohio Trucking Association. This organization is dedicated to effectively representing the concerns of the trucking industry to industry, legislative bodies, and to the general public. Transportation jobs are expected to grow by 8% in the state of Ohio over the next six years. OTA spokesperson Kevin Burch points out that this is a perfect time to enter the trucking industry, as many older truck drivers are retiring and selling their rigs, leaving room for entry-level truck drivers. He has urged trucking companies to spend more money on recruitment and training to meet the expected growth requirements.
Perks of Becoming a Truck Driver in Ohio
Because of the excellent growth potential for the transportation industry in Ohio, employers are offering excellent compensation and benefits packages. Almost all employers offer competitive medical, prescription, dental and vision benefits, sometimes waiving the employee contribution after a certain number of years. 401k retirement benefits are almost always offered, including employer contribution up to a fixed percentage. Credit union, paid vacation, and paid holidays are also typically offered. Employer-provided disability and life insurance coverage are other perks as are Employee Assistance and Wellness programs. Paid bereavement leave and paid jury duty leave, as well as paid military leave, are frequently-offered benefits. Median annual pay for truck drivers was $37,800 in 2013, compared to the national average of $38,800. The relatively low cost of living in Ohio makes it possible to maintain a good standard of living on this pay.
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The climate is right in the state of Ohio for the economy to add many more trucking jobs, especially at the entry level, making this a perfect time to develop a truck driving career in the state. Contact the employers listed here to learn more!
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