Trucking Companies Short on Drivers

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 11:51am

Despite the struggling economy, trucking companies are having trouble finding qualified drivers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the demand for truckers was rising. They pointed out there could be an increase of 330 thousand trucking jobs between 2010 and 2020.

According to the Bureau, the average trucker earns $4,000 more than the median annual wage for all jobs. But some factors are driving potential employees away. First, potential employees have to get a commercial driver's license, which requires a training course that can take up to 8 weeks and cost about $6,000. Also, the job can require spending weeks at a time on the road, away from family.

Reader Comments

There has been a shortage of truck drivers for a long time. When I say drivers, I mean qualified people. Many people that know how to drive trucks cannot get a job because they either have a bad driving record or can't pass a drug test or both. Insurance companies and the DOT grounds those types of drivers so we wind up with people driving trucks that have a clean record and can pass a drug test, but really don't know how to drive a truck. Oil field jobs pay much more but you have to relocate.

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