Guest Post By Mike Curts, Marketing Director of Driver Solutions and Co-Founder of eGears
Despite a less-than-ideal job market and flagging enthusiasm in those entering the workforce, there is a zero unemployment rate among truckers. In fact, there is currently an employee shortage of 200,000 and rising, and trucking firms are bidding against each other to win over qualified truckers. This shortage is expected to balloon given that the vast majority of truckers are over 40, and many are expected to retire within the next two decades.
Many firms offer to cover the several thousand dollar cost of trucking school tuition and CDL practice test training in order to reel in more able drivers. Given these circumstances, what does a career in trucking mean for entry-level employees?
You’ll be compensated as well as any college graduate
- For a few weeks of training and testing, truck graduates enjoy a median salary of $48,000 – which is comparable to salaries made by teachers, nurses, professional authors, and accountants.
- Increasing demand for more truckers due to recently implemented Hours of Service regulations means that employers are more competitive than ever on recruiting you. Firms are offering unprecedented benefits and wages for new drivers.
- The cost of training in a truck school costs roughly the same amount as a single semester at a university and takes a fraction of the time to complete, making it a quickly accessible option for anyone. Employers are often willing to cover these costs provided the student signs an employment contract.
How do I know if trucking is the right career for me?
While trucking isn’t a lifestyle suited for everyone, it can represent an exciting opportunity for folk with a heart for traveling and sightseeing. When your job entails covering hundreds of miles on a daily basis, you’ll be able to witness everything the road has to offer − and doubtlessly come through with stories of your own.
Although the hours are long and the distance can be a deterrent for family-oriented individuals, young adults who are comfortable with a life on the road and have few professional or personal obligations can devote themselves to a job that is rich with good wages, great benefits, and more life experience than you can shake a stick at.