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Why Trucking is a Great Career

At this very moment, and around the clock, coast-to-coast, trucks are on the road hauling the essentials - everything the Nation needs such as food, books, clothing, electronics, automobiles and medical supplies. In 2014, the U.S. trucking industry hauled 68.8 percent of the total volume of freight transported in the United States. More than 3.4 million professional truck drivers, operating nearly 31 million trucks of all classes, including 3.46 million typical Class 8 trucks kept America moving forward.

Trucking also plays an important role in trade exchanged between the United States and two of our largest trading partners, Canada and Mexico. Trucks transported 67.5 percent of the value of trade between the United States and Mexico in 2014 and 53.8 percent of the value of trade between the United States and Canada.

But a serious shortage exists in some segments of the trucking industry. It’s not a shortage of freight or equipment; it’s a shortage of men and women qualified to drive trucks.

Currently, there is a truck driver shortage of nearly 100,000 drivers per year. This number is expected to increase to 240,000 drivers per year by 2020. The shortage is not due to a lack of interest, just basic economics – the demand for professional truck drivers is growing faster than the number of new drivers entering the field. The industry is desperate for new drivers. If you received your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) today, it’s almost certain there would be a job available to you tomorrow.