As a new year begins, we all look forward, thinking about the future and what it has to offer. For heavy machinery operators and CDL truck drivers, this can be thoughts of the job prospects this coming 12 months may bring, but what exactly will 2018 bring?
CDL truck drivers have several concerns about the future, especially as electric trucks such as the offering from Tesla promise to change the transportation industry itself. However, if we examine the new technology, it is clear that for drivers, little will change. While the idea of self-driving trucks is headline grabbing, the reality is that, for the foreseeable future, trucks will still require a driver to get them around the country, and the switch to electric will not really change that.
One concern is perhaps that electric power will change how a truck driver works, however again, the Tesla vehicle is offering 500 miles between charges, and so fits into the daily limits a driver could realistically manage anyway. In fact, the appearance of electric trucks could even grow the trucking industry and create more truck driving jobs. As a true renewable energy transport solution, it could persuade many businesses who use other transport options at the moment. Having an environmentally friendly solution such as the electric truck is not only good for overall costs, it also offers a significant PR opportunity for many businesses.
Even ignoring the effect of new technology, as the economy continues to grow, so does the demand for reliable transport. This is only increased by the continued growth in online sales, requiring a huge amount of product to be shipped all over the country and continuing to fuel demand for more trucks, and of course with that, more drivers.
For heavy machinery operators across the country, the continued growth in construction, especially larger projects, means that there is a lot to be happy about. From excavators to cranes, operator skills continue to be in demand, and that shows no signs of slowing. But those prospects are not just about the number of new construction projects planned to start over this year, they are also reflected in the need for highly skilled heavy machinery operators in the complex and challenging nature of many new projects.
For heavy machinery operators and truck drivers, 2018 looks set to continue the high demand of the last couple of years. With in-demand skills and a growing market in both construction and transport, the job prospects for those with approved qualifications for operating heavy machinery or truck driving are excellent, and this year is set to provide plenty of career opportunities.