The trucking industry contributes an enormous amount of money to the economy. The combination of freight carriers and Independent Owners Operators can account for over $150 billion of annual revenues. To meet the freight demand that generates these revenues, the hiring needs of many large trucking companies is substantial. The more drivers a company hires, the more freight they can haul and there is a huge amount of cargo to be transported. As the saying goes, "if you got it, a truck brought it." Although railway service can move freight long distances as well, only trucks can deliver it directly to customers place of business. As a result, industry statistical reports show what a huge demand for drivers there is, and why being a Commercial Driver is such a great occupation.
- The commercial driving industry is the 5th fastest growing employer in the nation.
- An estimated 50,000 thousand drivers are needed nationwide per year will be needed as the industry grows and experienced derivers retire.
- The only industry that cannot afford to lay off Commercial Drivers.
- In fact, ATA studies show that right now there is an estimated shortage of 20,000 drivers. The driver shortage could grow to 111,000 drivers by the year 2014.
Commercial drivers are averaging wages of:
Entry level $28,000 - $35,000
Mid level $40,000 - $45,000
Top Level $50,000 - $80,000
American Trucking association (ATA)
- Transportation companies are offering better compensation, benefits, 401k-plan and tuition reimbursement to attract new drivers daily.
- A Commercial Driver can become an independent owner operator for any commercial carrier in less then six (6) months.
In fact, the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor reports that opportunities should be favorable for individuals interested in commercial driving. Through out history this occupation has shown to have among the largest number of job openings each year.
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