The trucking industry is surely changing, with increasing responsibilities and regulations, and salaries that remain flat.
Many drivers are retiring, others are considering a different line of work while the younger generations don’t find the profession that appealing.
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), there are some 25,000 vacant truck driver positions. The estimations are that in a 10 year period, that shortage will come to 330,000 drivers. On the other hand, ATA predicts that in order to be able to meet delivery demands, the trucking industry would need to find at least 100,000 drivers.
In addition to the recently implemented hours-of-service regulations that caused frustration amid most truckers, the pay isn’t that great either.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor lists the mean annual salary for drivers as being $34,150 in 2012. For many potential truckers, that number doesn’t seem to be motivating enough to spend weeks at a time on the road.
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