Arkansas Truck Driving Jobs
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If you want to start your trucking career or advance it in a state where opportunities are plentiful, Arkansas may very well be the state for you. With this state’s focus on agriculture and manufacturing, many Arkansas companies rely on Arkansas truckers to bring their goods to other states. As a result, it is clear that truckers help the local economy stay stable. You may have an even bigger impact on local industries if you take on regional or OTR positions.
If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a truck and navigate the roads of Arkansas, get started now by checking out local trucking employers!
Arkansas Truck Driving Salary Information
Anticipated job growth in Arkansas is in line with the national average. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net has predicted a 10% jump in truck driving jobs throughout Arkansas. Their estimates indicate that the average salary for an Arkansas truck driver is $33,200 per year (O*Net, 2014). If you are ready to work in an area where the truck driver shortage is a big problem, you may be able to get a sign-on bonus or a safe driving bonus when you start working for a new company.
Because of how short truck driving programs are, you may start looking for a job before you even graduate. There are many large employers in Arkansas. National companies include C.R. England, Groendyke Transport, and Interstate Distributor Company. Local companies include Titan Transfer, AllSteel Metal, and Cardinal Logistics Driver Opportunities. Many local employers offer sign-on bonuses to new drivers.
Arkansas Trucking Training and Requirements
Arkansas has strict requirements for commercial truck drivers. First, you must earn a commercial driver's license. A Class A license prepares you to drive tractor-trailers and Class B licenses allow you to drive smaller straight trucks. The Office of Motor Vehicle in Arkansas regulates commercial driver licenses.
Like many other states, Arkansas allows you to take your written exam and skills exam at the same time. This is beneficial, because it means that you can complete your truck driving training course all at once. After you pass the knowledge test, you may be allowed to take your skills test.
To pass the skills test, you must properly complete a pre-trip inspection, basic driving techniques, and on-the-road driving. Your truck driving program should thoroughly prepare you for this part of your exam, as most programs include well over 100 hours of driving practice. Upon receiving your commercial driver's license, you are licensed for four years.
While truck driving is a fairly independent profession, there are many reasons you should consider joining a local trucking association like the Arkansas Trucking Association. You can join local councils like the Safety Management Council, the Maintenance and Technology Council, and the 40 Under 40 Council. You can also take advantage of legal services, assistance with staying compliant, and PrePass discounts. As a member, you can have access to Arkansas trucking publications like Arkansas Trucking Report and the Guide to Arkansas Trucking.