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More Trucking Jobs Shifting Locally

July 31st, 2012

Local Trucking Jobs

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In these times of recession, it’s encouraging to know that there are still areas in the job market that are actively hiring despite the current state of the economy. Truck driving positions are one such area because no matter how high the unemployment rate is, all businesses still need to be stocked and freight has to be moved. A career in trucking may not be for everyone, but for those who have or aspire to have a CDL license it can be a lucrative business. Increased demand but fewer drivers on the road have created a favorable market for truck drivers with the necessary experience to have a stable and lucrative career.

Trucking Jobs

In contrast to the downsizing taking place in other fields, positions in the trucking industry are ripe for the plucking. Recent years have seen a widening void in the trucking industry because fewer and fewer younger drivers are putting their foot to the pedal while the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement. Due to the younger generation deciding against a career in the trucking profession, the industry expects to have 330,000 vacant positions throughout the U.S. by 2020. Over the next year alone, trucking officials in Michigan, for example, expect to have 1,460 positions open for drivers of heavy trucks and semi-trailers.

Trucking School

Enrollment in truck-driving programs has increased as of late, but not at rates which could hope to fill the growing number of vacancies. Part of the reason why these programs are not garnering enough students is the cost of tuition. A 6-week training course for commercial driving instruction can typically cost upwards of $6,000. Although there are federal programs like the Workforce Investment Agency which can help with tuition costs in certain states if the qualification criteria is met.

Trucking Careers

Prospects have been good for drivers who manage to complete their course load for a CDL license, with job-placement figures estimated at 90% for graduates of the truck driving program at Davenport University, for example. Still, the jobs available for truck drivers and CDL-holders have their downsides in terms of health, family, and social life. Drivers are often on the road for multiple weeks on end, and this can be especially difficult for those with spouses and children. However, not everyone who drives a truck for a living has this problem. Many drivers have lanes that allow them to be home when they want, while others enjoy being out on the road making money and seeing the country.

Trucking Pride

It could also be argued that one other reason for the growing number of vacancies in the trucking industry is associated with the blue collar stigma attached to being a truck driver. In today’s society, teenagers are strongly encouraged to go to college after graduating from high school and declining higher education in pursuit of a blue collar career is often frowned upon. Today’s truck driving educational institutions are working hard to counter these stigmas by encouraging pride among their students. Truckers, after all, do more than just facilitate the public availability of foods and products; they can also make a good living, are able to run their own business if they become independent contractors or independent contractors, and they are able to have an exciting career that doesn’t involve spending 8 hours a day behind a desk. Recent entrants into the trucking industry education system around the continental United States have the potential to earn a good living, after obtaining their CDL license.

With fewer and fewer fields hiring these days, a wave of change is coming to the trucking industry because people in need of work migrate to where they can get hired. An abundance of available positions combined with a new positive shift in the perception of truck driving are sure to help, over time, refresh and renew the trucking industry. While other jobs in today’s economic market are facing an uphill struggle, it’s all downhill from here for the trucking industry.

Posted on July 31st, 2012 in Trucking Industry