Pennsylvania Over The Road Jobs
If you're looking for a place in which to build a trucking career, Pennsylvania may be a great place to start! Because of its convenient location near New England and the southern United States, many major American trucking companies have locations in Pennsylvania. If you're willing to drive over-the-road, you may have even more opportunities to consider. Companies in this region need over-the-road drivers to drive up to New England or as far away as the West Coast!
In Pennsylvania, truck drivers tend to earn salaries that are fairly close to the national average. However, as an over-the-road driver, you may be able to claim a larger salary. This is due to the long time spent on the road; some employers reward OTR drivers with bonuses or higher per-mile rates. The average salary for a light truck driver is $29,100 per year (O*Net, 2013). Tractor-trailer drivers in this state earn a median salary of $40,800 per year (O*Net, 2013).
The job outlook in Pennsylvania is promising. O*Net expects over 750 new light truck driving jobs each year between 2012 and 2022. For tractor-trailer drivers, O*Net anticipates a 16% increase in job openings.
You may be able to apply for driving jobs at major companies in Pennsylvania. Local employers include C.R. England, A&R Transport, Titan Transfer, and Roadrunner Transportation Systems.
To start working as an over-the-road driver, you must get your license through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The licensing process is fairly strict, but it's worth it if you want to become a commercial truck driver!
There are many truck driving schools in Pennsylvania that give you the chance to earn a Class A driver. You will likely need a Class A license if you want to drive over-the-road, since a Class A license permits you to drive heavier loads and larger trucks. Getting the highest class of license possible may give you more freedom in which jobs you consider!
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation does require you to self-certify your driving career. You can choose to be excepted interstate, non-excepted interstate, excepted intrastate, and non-excepted intrastate. Again, you will probably have to certify yourself as an interstate driver. If you do not, you won't be able to drive outside of Pennsylvania.
Once you have completed the training available for your chosen license, you can complete your driving test. You may take your test at the Department of Transportation or at an approved third-party tester. There may be additional tests required, depending on whether or not you apply for endorsements on your license.