Virginia Owner Operator Jobs
Technology is huge in Virginia, but there are also large sectors of agriculture, business and even military freight that need to be hauled. There are over 3100 different trucking companies in the state which means plenty of opportunities and owner operator truck driving jobs.
There are definitely more obvious perks to the state. Most drivers enjoy the fact that the Virginia coast is home to hundreds of ports and facilities, meaning that there's always a load to pick up. On the other hand, the fact that many of these facilities have been in business for hundreds of years means that you never really know where the load is going. You have to be ready to really put some miles on at times, or at least to do your homework beforehand.
Still, Virginia plays temporary home to some major shipping routes that go all the way up and down the Eastern Seaboard, so it's easy to find clear-cut jobs that traverse simple, safe routes. Although jobs in the western part of the state sometimes give people trouble due to the mountain terrain, for instance, routes like I-81, 66 and 40 are essentially gateways to the rest of the country, and the rough patches are relatively short. On the other side of Virginia, I-95 connects you directly to Washington DC, Baltimore, and New England.
Virginia is rife with federally-funded defense firms and manufacturers that are in constant need of shipping assistance. Many truckers find that they can develop lasting relationships with specialized freight companies, including little-known manufacturing plants like Volvo, Celanese and Corning. Of course, tech transportation jobs and military related freight are also common, but it's important to note that you must maintain a high level of professionalism to work with these people and possibly pass an in-depth background check. Having a federal security clearance of any level is a great way to get jobs in Virginia.