West Virginia Trucking Jobs
West Virginia is one of the two top coal producers in the United States. It is also a major producer of natural gas and oil. Farming and logging are other important industries in the state.
All of these products require transportation throughout the state and all over the country, making trucking an important industry in the state of West Virginia.
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Local, regional, and Over The Road (OTR) truck driving jobs are all available in the state of West Virginia, depending upon how far you want to drive, how long you want to be on the road, and what kind of salary you are looking to earn.
Local routes are the shortest, keeping you within a relatively small radius and allowing you to get home each night. You may drive a dedicated route where you make the same stops and see the same customers each week, or drive different routes weekly. Regional jobs take you a bit further but still basically within the state and surrounding states. You are on the road a bit longer, sometimes up to a week, but you can still get home most days.
OTR jobs have you driving the furthest, as far as cross-country, and you can be on the road for two to four weeks at a time. You experience considerable independence and freedom with OTR trucking jobs. Of course, you get home in between hauls for some well-deserved R&R. These jobs tend to be the best paying type of trucking job.
Requirements for Driving in West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT) administers the issuance of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and permits. The holder of a valid CDL may drive the class of vehicle he or she is licensed to drive, Class A, Class B, or Class C, and all lesser classes, as well as vehicles requiring an endorsement, if the endorsement appears on the license.
You must be 18 years of age or older to qualify for a permit and you have had to have held an operator’s license or junior license for at least two years. You will have to pass vision, medical, and knowledge tests to be eligible. You must have your permit for at least 14 days before you are eligible to take your skills test, and you must contact a Third Party Examiner to schedule the skills test. You will also have to take skills tests for each endorsement you are seeking, such as for driving a school bus.
Most people find it very helpful to prepare for the CDL by enrolling in a professional commercial driver’s course. These are offered in various locations around the state.
Building Your Driving Career in West Virginia
Given the fact that one out of 16 jobs in West Virginia directly relates to the trucking industry, it’s clear why the community of this state is so strong. You can enjoy the benefits of this community by joining the West Virginia Trucking Association, which represents the interests of the truck drivers in the state.
The trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers that is expected to worsen over the coming years. According to Jeff Foster, who runs a commercial driving academy in Chapmanville, the cause of the shortage is driver retirement. All kinds of people make the career switch to truck driving. For instance, students in his academy include laid-off coal miners looking for a career with greater job stability.
Benefits of Driving a Truck in West Virginia
If you are looking for the perfect Southern state in which to begin or further your truck driving career, West Virginia is definitely an area to consider. With dozens of companies that regularly hire local, OTR, and regional drivers, the West Virginia trucking industry is a solid source of employment for the state.
As a new or experienced West Virginia driver, you may be curious what you will be shipping and where you may be going. Just like almost any other state, West Virginia sends most of its shipments to other parts of the state. Other states that West Virginia ships to frequently include Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics lists base metal, gravel, chemicals, and fuel as major WV exports.
When you start driving a truck, your salary may be based on an hourly wage plus a certain amount of money for each mile you drive. Per O*Net, the average semi driver's salary in West Virginia is $35,100 per year.
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If you need your CDL License, view our list of truck driving schools in West Virginia to find training near you.