Need a Job? Drive a Truck.

There may be talk that the recession is over, but for those people looking for jobs that is sometimes hard to believe. There are many people expanding their workforces but you may want to think about driving truck if you haven’t already.

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals reports that up to 200,000 trucking jobs will need to be filled by the end of this year with another 200,000 needed by the end of 2011. The reasons are many and include retirement, tougher safety regulations to weed out unsafe drivers, and the many layoffs that occurred in the industry at the beginning of the recession in 2008. In fact with 1 in 6 drivers being over the age of 55, the long projection is that over 1 million drivers will be needed in the next 15 years.

A report sponsored by Penske Logistics reports that the average pay for a trucker in May 2009 was $37,730 and that more miles and the driver shortage will bring that wage up in the coming years. Shortages are already being seen in areas and with conservative estimates putting growth at between 4% and 6% next year, and less conservative ones putting it at 10%, that only means more jobs for truck drivers.

If you haven’t found a job since the recession you now have a new place to look.

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Published in: on June 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

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