There is a high demand for truck drivers in fact the demand for truck driver is so high there is a truck driver shortage. There has been a truck driver shortage for years and the shortages for truck drivers are expected to grow. Part of the driver shortage problem is truck drivers are over worked, underpaid and have high health and safety risks.
ATA shows trucking companies need to hire more than 96,000 new drivers per year to account for industry growth and replace an aging workforce that's rapidly approaching retirement. The American Trucking Association predicts the industry will be short approximately 110,000 drivers by 2014, while other estimates the figure up to three times higher.
Quote CNN Money "Trucking companies hired about 40,000 workers over the past 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the largest companies are still recruiting aggressively."
Truck Driver Shortage Reasons
There are many reasons for the shortfall. Younger people aren't as interested in the field any more. In this era of health consciousness, the job is perceived as too hard on the body. And long-haul truckers can be required to be gone from home for weeks at a time.
Experienced truck drivers feel there pay is insufficient so they like my self get out of the driver seat. When you look at an over the road truck driver and all the time he or she spends in a truck a week a truck driver makes almost nothing. The average over the road truck driver spends 576 hours per month on the road and away from their family. Based on the 576 hours per month at minimum wage 7.25 per hour that works out to $50,112.00 a year. An experienced truck driver in my opinion should be earning from $70,000 to $90,000 per year. This is a far cry from the 50k a good driver makes.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment of tractor trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average of all occupations.
As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving. Trucks transport most of the freight in the United States, so as households and businesses increase their spending, the trucking industry will grow.
Global positioning system (GPS) technology and better routing can make trucks more productive, limiting the need for more drivers. Also, as fuel prices rise, some companies may switch their shipping to rail to lower costs.
However, rail is unlikely to take much market share away from trucks, because even with high diesel prices, trucks are more efficient for short distances. Additionally, many products need to be delivered within the short time frame that only trucks can handle.
Job prospects for tractor trailer truck drivers are expected to be favorable. Due to the somewhat difficult lifestyle and time spent away from home, many companies have trouble finding qualified long-haul drivers. Those who have the necessary experience and other qualifications should be able to find jobs.
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