Business Development Manager
As the trucking industry continues to grow in numerous sectors, the amount of retiring and aging truck drivers is mounting. The industry shortage of qualified and, more importantly, quality drivers is increasing at an alarming rate. The American Trucking Association estimates that the current shortage is about 25,000 and demand will grow by roughly 100,000 new drivers each year for the next ten years.
Truckload carriers specifically will be impacted the most with a shortage projected at over 200,000 by 2022. A survey released in early 2013 of for-hire truckload carriers found that 90% said they couldn’t find enough drivers who are capable of meeting DOT requirements.
In addition to the number of drivers moving into retirement, many others have decided to exit the industry altogether due to undesirable working conditions. The sedentary lifestyle, constant attentiveness, and stressful environment lead to long days, nights and even weekends on the road and away from home.