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Recruitment for new truck drivers stalls

An example of a truck driver en route to make a delivery.
An example of a truck driver en route to make a delivery.

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The for-hire trucking workforce is aging out of its business and very few people are stepping in to take their place.

For a long time, the economics of driving a big rig made sense for a large number of people: It's a job that does not require a college degree, there's always a work available and the annual salary averages out at $73,000 and is increasing annually at a rate of about 8% to 12%.

Despite this, a recent study from the American Trucking Association says that there are roughly 25,000 jobs unfilled in the industry.

The ATA says one of the primary reasons for this is that the job requires workers to take long trips where they are away from home, sometimes for as long as two weeks at a time. This is a huge issue with any workers that are looking to maintain regular time at home with their families.

If you're unemployed, would you consider getting certified to become a truck driver? Why or why not? What do you think it would take for more people to get interested in trucking as a possible career?


Bob Costello, Chief economist for the American Trucking Associations