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Trucking Driving Industry Facing Shortage of Truck Drivers

Unlike many other industries, the truck driving industry continues to have a very high turnover rate and there is an ongoing shortage of qualified and experienced truck drivers at any given time. Both of these factors are helping to push up wages in the truck driving industry which means truck drivers in general can enjoy attractive salary and wage packages regardless of the economy. Even though the trucking industry was affected by the recession in 2008, skilled and experience truck drivers can find excellent jobs and some have the option to relocate to another state.

Current State of the Trucking Industry

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers and driver/sales workers held approximately 3.2 million jobs in 2008. These employees comprise one of the largest occupations in the United States and job opportunities are expected to be favorable for the long-term. Long-haul drivers in particular are in demand, and many companies are hiring these drivers to work both independently and as part of long-run teams.

All types of trucks are still being used to transport cargo, animals, and all types of freight from one destination to another. It’s up to truck drivers to ensure that all of these goods get from a manufacturer to a distribution center, to a customer, or other destination as assigned. Some drivers are also responsible for loading and unloading cargo. Since transporting goods by truck continues to be one of the most affordable methods of transporting goods, there will always be a demand for experienced and qualified drivers.

Future of the Trucking Industry

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the overall employment of truck drivers and driver/sales workers is expected to grow about 9 percent from 2008 to 2018. This is about as fast as the average for all occupations in the United States, but as the economy improves and demand for goods continues to rise, there will be more opportunities for short-run and long-haul truck drivers around the country. Truck drivers with experience operating heavy trucks and tractor trailers are expected to experience the highest increases in employment opportunities through 2018.

The future for long-haul truck drivers looks especially promising. Since this is a somewhat strenuous job for most, it can be hard for trucking companies to find and retain truck drivers who are willing to put in the hours and work hard on long-haul routes. Federal regulations don’t allow any trucker to drive for more than 11 hours at a time, and drivers must take at least 10 hours off between shifts. This is why trucking companies need to hire more qualified drivers and make sure they have plenty of drivers lined up for longer routes.

The pay is much higher than the average for these jobs but it is not without its drawbacks. Still, those who take the steps to being a truck driver and are willing and able to take on the responsibility of managing a long-haul route can enjoy more job opportunities in the near future and higher wages.

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