South Carolina Trucking Jobs
Current Truck Driving Jobs in South Carolina
South Carolina has an important agricultural industry. Products include tobacco, poultry, cattle, dairy products, soybeans, hay, rice, and swine. Industrial outputs include textiles, chemical and paper products, machinery, automobiles, and automobile parts. Of course, all these products require transport both within the state and all over the rest of the country. An important part of the transport picture is the trucking industry. As a result, every type of trucking job can be found in the state of South Carolina. If you’re ready to hit the road, contact the employers listed here to get started!
Jobs differ on length of the route and whether the route is regular or varied. Length of routes varies from local trucking jobs to Over The Road (OTR), with regional trucking jobs coming in at an intermediate length. Some routes are dedicated and you make the same stops each week. Other routes change with each trucking job. Different companies specialize in different types of trucking jobs.
Truck Driver Requirements in South Carolina
Obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in South Carolina requires that you first qualify for and obtain a beginner’s permit. You must be 18 years of age or older, or 21 or older th drive interstate or transport passengers. You will need to present proof of identity and legal standing in the United States. You will need to be a resident of South Carolina. It is necessary to pass a vision test and a knowledge test, and present a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. When you receive your permit, you will be ready to practice driving the class of vehicle for which you are applying, as long as a licensed driver is sitting next to you in the cab. You must wait at least 14 days after receiving your permit to be eligible to take your skills test. The skills test requires that you be able to show that you can conduct a pre-trip inspection, as well as demonstrate your skills in driving and maneuvering the vehicle. If you are applying for endorsements, you will be tested in the related skills as well. You will pay a fee and prove that you have adequate insurance liability coverage. Most people seek help in applying for their CDL through a professional commercial driver’s school. These schools can be found throughout the state.
Building a Rock Solid Trucking Career
In South Carolina, most truck drivers belong to the South Carolina Trucking Association (www.sctrucking.org) which serves the needs of the industry in the state, region and country. This year, South Carolina’s own JB Quarles won the National Truck Driving Championship in the 4 axle division. Quarles is on the road six days a week driving a sleeper truck for Wal Mart. He has taken part in this competition for seven years.
Benefits of Trucking in South Carolina
The average yearly wage for a truck driver in South Carolina was $36,700 in 2013, slightly less than the national average. This makes it possible for truck drivers to enjoy a good quality of life in South Carolina. Plus, companies offer benefits to drivers worth about 30% of the annual wage. Some typically-offered perks are medical, dental, and vision benefits, retirement plans in the form of a 401k plan, and paid vacation which increases with years of service. Some companies offer signing bonuses. And some pay for disability and life insurance policies.
It makes sense to explore the possibility of a career in the truck driving business. If you want to get started, contact the employers below to get truckin’ today!
Find a truck driving school in South Carolina to get your CDL License.