The US economy is predicted to suffer, not at the hands of bankers, investors, or overseas conditions, but by the shortage of truck drivers. Current trends predict that this shortfall could be as high as 50,000 within two years, causing a slow down in the economy’s growth. If we can’t transport goods, then manufacturing, mining and retail growth will be hampered, which this will frustrate investors.
Why are we going to suffer such a shortage of drivers? A number of reasons. The most dominant is that baby-boomer truck drivers are starting to retire in large numbers. At the same time, the number of new drivers coming in is dropping each year. With retirements exceeding new recruits, the total number of drivers is diminishing. At the same time, the nation is growing. In two years we will need more trucks on the road that we have today. The net result is a huge shortfall of truck drivers.
The push now is to train as many new truck drivers as possible. Drivers are being recruited from all walks of life – there are former police officers, lawyers, and even a former judge now driving trucks. Truck driving as a career is now a great option for women and for ex-military service people looking to build a new career. What the industry is starting to target is those in the 20-30 age group since they are going to be the drivers that will continue on for the next 30-40 years.
It doesn’t matter your age, or your current situation in life. If you meet the requirements to gain a commercial drivers license, and the requirements to gain employment in the trucking industry, then a long term and highly profitable truck driving career awaits. The nation needs truck drivers, and it’s going to become urgent. Are you ready to undertake truck driver training to fill that need?