A recruiter based with Maverick Transportation in Arkansas is looking for good truck drivers in Alabama.
With a lot of the old drivers retiring and young drivers shying away from the profession, the projected shortage this year is close to 150,000 drivers. By 2017, the number is expected to reach 200,000.
Truck driving is a great contributor to the Alabama economy. In 2012, the industry provided 104,470 jobs. The total wages paid exceeded $4.6 billion, with an average salary of $43,924.
As of May 2013, more than 9,240 trucking companies were located in Alabama, most of them small, locally owned businesses.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average age of a commercial driver is 48. What is more, some 21% of drivers are 55 to 65 years old.
The Alabama Trucking Association is worried that the shortage becomes more evident every year, as the baby boomers retire and the younger generation does not want to spend so much time in a truck, away from home.
Recent new regulations such as the set number of hours drivers can be on the road have also hurt the industry.
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