South Dakota Truck Driving Jobs
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Becoming a truck driver means taking on a calling, not just a job. If you want to work in South Dakota as a driver, it is important to consider which type of jobs you want. The trucking industry of this state has space for local, regional, and OTR jobs. Finding out what local employers want and the employment benefits you may enjoy can help you choose the right job for you.
To find out how you can use your commercial driver’s license in South Dakota, take a look at our list of South Dakota trucking jobs below.
Job growth in South Dakota is fairly stable, which may help you find a number of job openings in your chosen area. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net anticipates a 6% increase in jobs, which averages out to nearly 200 new jobs per year. The average salary for a South Dakota truck driver is $36,600 per year (O*Net, 2014). Remember that you may be able to get a sign-on bonus or safe driving bonus if you plan on working in an area where the truck driver shortage is severe.
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Before you can begin a career as a commercial truck driver, you must go through the process of earning a commercial driver's license in South Dakota. It's important to learn about the industry and how to drive a truck before you apply for your license. You can attend a number of truck driving schools in South Dakota that offer Class A or Class B driver training.
The first step of the licensure process goes through the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. You need to meet all licensing requirements, including a vision test and a clean driving history. You can then take the required written tests. You can get an instructional permit after passing all required written tests.
At truck driving school, you can use your instructional permit to learn how to drive a straight truck or tractor-trailer. You should feel ready to do a vehicle inspection, a vehicle skills test, and an on-the-road test. Do not return to the Department of Driver Services to take your skills test. Skills testing in South Dakota goes through third-party testing sites, so you'll need to find a site near you and schedule a test. When you pass the exam, you can go back to the Department of Driver Service and get your driver's license.
Part of working in a new field is staying on top of changes in the industry and learning from industry leaders. The South Dakota Trucking Association is an organization that supports truck drivers and advocates for their rights on a legislative level.
When you join this group, you can enjoy a range of membership benefits. The group awards a Driver of the Month award, hosts numerous events throughout the year, and publishes a monthly newsletter that brings you up-to-date on the South Dakota trucking industry.