What is the outlook for trucking jobs in the future for Professional Truck Drivers?
In a few words – EXCELLENT! There has never been a better time for new drivers to enter the industry.
According to the government agency that tracks labor growth, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of tractor-trailer professional truck drivers is projected to grow by nearly 200,000 jobs from 2012 to 2022.*
In 2010 there were 1.6 million tractor-trailer truck drivers employed in the United States. Two years later, there were 1.7 million – that’s a growth of about 50,000 additional drivers per year. By 2020 we will need nearly 1.9 million tractor-trailer truck drivers. That’s an additional 20,000 truck drivers per year our country will need in order to handle the demand.
Also keep in mind the projection above does not include the need to fill the spots left vacant because of drivers leaving the industry due to retirement, etc.
As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more professional truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving. Trucks transport most of the freight in the United States, so as households and businesses increase their spending, the trucking industry will grow.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm