Truck driving jobs in Alaska are extremely rewarding, well paid, and offer many chances to hit the open road and see an abundance of beautiful landmarks. The field of truck driving is a job that will grow in demand over the next decade as the demand heightens for transported goods as our economy boosts. As a company truck driver, you will get to experience all aspects of the truck driving job industry and see some notable places in Alaska. While seeking a truck driving job in Alaska keep in mind being able to visit Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, and El Dorado Gold Mine just to name a few! This is the time to get your feet wet and try different aspects of the trucking industry to see which one is right for you. Companies throughout the country are always looking for dry van, dry bulk, and reefer drivers; no matter how bad the economy gets there will always be loads that need to be delivered.
The average salary for a company driver job in Alaska is anywhere from $40,000 to $70,000 depending on the type of driving, experience, and endorsements. Company drivers, unlike owner operators, have the option to work a local, regional, or over-the-road run. If working for a larger truck driving company you may also be given the flexibility to switch the type of driving run, if need be. For example, a driver has been doing local runs for a few years but is ready to go over-the-road; that driver just needs to apply for the position, no need for seeking a company driving job elsewhere. A truck driving job offers great benefits for not only yourself but also your family such as: 401K, paid vacations, notable insurance, and a certain level of job freedom.
While searching for an Alaska truck driving job, be aware that the background checks can be very time consuming. Previous employment has to be verified along with your driving record from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In addition, each company you worked for has to provide a DOT report from either human resources or the safety department. Companies looking to hire also need to be aware that they will most likely have to undergo a physical exam prior to their driving start date.
Benefits of a truck-driving career include:
In order to land a truck-driving job in Alaska, you must begin by training to get your CDL. Truck driving training can be done in as short as 4-6 weeks. Depending on what kind of company driver job you want, you may need more than just your CDL. Here is a list of common endorsements:
Keep in mind that other certifications may be necessary to haul certain items.
If you have specific questions, call your states Department of Transportation or visit their website. Here are a few other helpful links for CDL and other information:
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