Here’s a statistic that may surprise you – there is an estimated 270,000 female truck drivers on our roads at present. As far back as 1995, there were 130,000 with that number growing to 155,000 by 2005. Every year the number of women working in trucking careers is growing and there is one estimate that suggests that, by 2020, there could be as many as 700,000 women working as truck drivers.
Why? There are a number of reasons. First and foremost is that trucking is no longer attracting men at the rate it once did. At the same time, the demand for new truck drivers is increasing, and with baby-boomers starting to retire, that demand will continue to grow. As children leave the nest and start their own careers, mothers are looking for new opportunities. There is also a touch of the ‘I can do a man’s job’ factor that draws women as well.
Trucking companies are finding that, on the whole, female drivers are more reliable, arrive on time more often, and tend to have fewer accidents. This has swayed some trucking companies to actively recruit women to the industry where, in the past, there may have been a little reluctance. There’s no doubt that opportunities for women in trucking is growing, and that equal opportunity is a fact of life in the trucking industry – not just a term that has lip service paid to it.
If you’re sitting at home wondering if trucking is the right career for you, come talk to those who work in and around the industry every day. We know trucking, we know what employers are looking for, and we know how to train individuals to succeed in a demand industry. If you’re a woman, just remember, there 270,000 already working in this industry. The path has already being forged for you. You just need to follow it, and it only takes five weeks of truck driver training to get you started.