The American economy may be increasingly digital, but there is still a need for goods to be shipped around the country. Even as many industries like manufacturing continue to see fewer jobs each year, the trucking industry continues to see increasing job opportunities. Here’s why more truck drivers are needed for the future.
Consumption of Goods Continues to Rise
Nearly three-fourths of the goods that Americans consume each year – whether groceries, automobiles, clothing, or smartphones – are shipped over the road by trucks. Internationally manufactured goods may be shipped to American shores across the ocean, and some freight is moved about by rail, but the majority of goods are still shipped partly or completely by truck. This means that there is a tremendous demand for professional drivers to operate these trucks.
The trucking industry is currently unable to hire enough drivers to keep up with demand. In fact, the industry needs 50,000 more drivers by the end of 2017. That number is expected to increase to as much as 150,000 over the next 10 years.
Driver Shortages Could Adversely Affect the Economy
This truck driver shortage has the potential to have a real impact on the American economy in the coming years. Industry experts believe that as the driver shortage worsens it will likely result in delayed deliveries, supply shortages and, ultimately, in price increases for consumer goods.
Many trucking companies are now offering aspiring drivers paid training opportunities to obtain their CDL with the promise of a job after obtaining their commercial license. This creates exciting opportunities for those who are interested in a truck driving career. After all, one of the traditional barriers for entering the truck driving industry has been the expense of CDL training.
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