Truck Drivers Needed in America

Truck Drivers Needed in America

Need a Job? America Has a Giant Shortage of Truck Drivers

The workforce is aging, so the job shortage probably won’t get better any time soon.

Truck driving salaries may be increasing 8% to 12% annually, but the industry is facing an enormous shortage of drivers.

According to a new report from the American Truckers Association, the industry is desperately trying to fill some 48,000 jobs—and that shortage could go up to 175,000 by 2024 as drivers retire (truck driver median age is 49, compared to the average worker’s median age of 42) and the demand for shipping and deliveries booms, in part thanks to the growing dominance of online retail.

The ATA average private-fleet trucker’s salary at $73,000 and the BLS puts the industry-wide median at around $40,000. But the study explains that those numbers haven’t been enticing enough to draw qualified applicants.

“Fleets consistently report receiving applications for open positions, but that many of those candidates do not meet the criteria to be hired,” wrote ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello in a press release. “According our research, 88% of carriers said most applicants are not qualified.”

Part of the problem, the report says, is the job’s very accurate reputation for long hours and weeks away from home. Addressing those problems is the ATA’s solution to fixing the labor shortage, listing “increasing driver pay, getting drivers more time at home, as well as improving the image of the driver and their treatment by all companies in the supply chain” as realistic solutions to combat the shortage.

Other proposed courses of action include recruiting veterans, attempting to lower the driving age from 21 to 18—there’s significant unemployment among young adults—though regulations and insurance often make it difficult for people with short driving histories to secure jobs.

The last solution suggested by the ATA puts a question mark on the 2024 prognostication: Driverless trucks. While noting that “we are still years away from truly driverless Class 8 trucks running on the highway as a normal part of the industry,” the report images a future where long-haul trucking could be performed by autonomous trucks, while local pick-up and delivery routes would be reserved for human drivers

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  1. Mpumelelo Moyo

    I am a Zimbabwean, I’m looking for a job as a truck driver, I’m 41 years old with 16 years of driving heavy goods trucks. Kindly help me pliz.

  2. noah ponomono

    15 years driving lowbed across the southern african countries looking for a job

  3. John Gaviro

    17 years driving truck in Africa . Crossboader & longdistance. Age 39 years

  4. John Gaviro

    17 years driving truck in Africa . Crossboader & longdistance. If you can help me to come to drive there in America will be always remembered .age 39 years

  5. karanja Edward

    Kindly sed us applications forms

  6. Stewart Chacha

    Stewart

  7. mlambo itai

    i have vast experience in driving trucks

  8. mlambo itai

    i need to work in USA

  9. Marchford Office

    Your Message…I am interested in this truck driver job

  10. rest guts

    Im intrested 9 years experience in driving long distance trucks.plz forward the forms

  11. Side Tipper

    Will send the application forms soon. Keep checking our website for more info

  12. Side Tipper

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  13. Side Tipper

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  14. Side Tipper

    Will send the application forms soon. Keep checking our website for more info

  15. Row Gukwe

    21yrs heavy duty truck driver both regionally ,long haul & local experience

  16. Row Gukwe

    I’m looking a driving vacant for trucks in USA, Canada, & Australia

  17. Israel mutanga

    I want a job as tanker driver 9yrs experience as a bulk driver

  18. Marklidish Mzivoreva

    I want to work in the USA
    I have got the qualification to drive truck please hire me

  19. Frederik

    Im Frederik van Rhyn 30/years experience in longdistance trucking. Looking for job as truck driver in USA

  20. Munyaradzi choga

    Looking for a job as long distance truck driver with 16 years of experience while driving across different african countries.greatly anticipating to maximise my carrier in the developed countries.

  21. Kenneth Makombe

    Hi I’m Kenneth seeking a position as a Ultra-heavy duty driver .I am a zimbabwean currently working in South africa

  22. EDDIE NHLEKO

    Good day,i am a male South African heavy duty truck driver holding a valid international passport. I have vast experience in driving heavy duty vehicles. I am interested in the posts as advertised.

  23. john

    Need to drive big machine in America

  24. john

    Heavy duty driver

  25. Stanley Maworera

    Save us with application details please

  26. Kenneth Chirisa

    Your Message…I’m in Africa looking for job to Drive Trucks. 15 years experience on long distance plus cross border here in Africa.

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