I don't know about down there, but here in Maryland it is an outside hauler that hauls their trailers. You start on the bottom of the seniority board and work your way up, but it looked like it pays very well. Best of luck.
I am not sure I could claim to have escaped; I came here with my parents and family when I was a little girl. I'll always be a Yankee, though!
Good luck to you with your choices in new cities to live in!