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Truck Driving Jobs In Demand

Updated on November 9, 2014

The trucking industry continues to grow and it is expected to add over 200,000 total jobs in the next 8 years. With a rise in demand and trucking companies scrambling to fill open positions, this is the perfect time to become a truck driver. There's thousands of open truck driving jobs all around the country. Trucking professionals are struggling to keep up with the demand, there isn't enough truck drivers to fill open positions.

The truck driver shortage has been highly publicized in the trucking industry. As of now, there's over 30,000 open driver jobs in the United States. Within the next decade, this number can exceed 200,000 if something isn't done. While trucking companies struggle to hire drivers, it brings new opportunity for anyone considering trucking as a career. Companies are offering bigger sign on bonuses, better benefits and more time at home to cope with the driver shortage. Companies are also paying more money per mile.

Truck drivers can make around $40,000 a year or more as a rookie truck driver. Most new truck drivers will start out as an OTR truck driver, over-the-road that is. Most OTR truck drivers travel all across the country and are gone for long periods at a time. However, once you get some experience under your belt, you'll be able to apply for higher paying jobs and more local truck driver jobs close to home. And due to the many open trucking jobs, some drivers are being advanced quicker then ever before. If driving is a career you've been thinking about, the time to act is now.

Truck Driver Commercial Drivers License

All truck drivers are required to have a class A CDL license. You can obtain your class A CDL license at your local DMV office. Once you obtain your CDL, you'll be able to begin applying for truck driving jobs. There's a number of different endorsements you can get to apply for other trucking positions. These endorsements are required. For example, to become a tanker truck driver, you have to have a tanker endorsement.

For those of you that don't know the CDL process, there's a variety of online resources that can be used to help you get your CDL. From free CDL practice test to CDL resources, you'll be able to find everything you need online. You'll be required to pass a number of different test before you'll receive your commercial drivers license. Make sure you take the time to study and learn your truck like the back of your hand. Get plenty of practice behind the wheel also. You can also go to your local DMV office to obtain your CDL permit, CDL manuals and anything else you may need.

If you already have your CDL license, there's a number of different ways to apply for truck driving jobs. Most large trucking companies have websites that can be found through search engines. Take the time to research these companies and apply for jobs that would benefit you. For most companies, it only takes a few minutes to apply.

You can also search for truck driving jobs on large platforms such as Indeed. Indeed and similar websites provide job seekers access to thousands of jobs for free. If you have your own truck, you may want to seek load boards, such as UShip or DAT. They'll likely be charges to access load boards but it gives you direct access to trucking jobs and hauls around the country.

Job Security In The Trucking Industry

With all the jobs expected to be added to the trucking industry in the next decade, it equals job security in an unstable economy. The trucking industry has been strong this summer. Many companies have seen record revenue and growth, all this despite the slow start in 2014 due to the harsh 2013-2014 winter. Last month, the trucking industry added nearly 4,000 jobs and many more remain open. While you've likely heard it before, this really is a perfect time to become a truck driver.

The trucking industry has plenty of room for positive growth and the outlook has been extremely positive. As I said before, all the major trucking companies are hiring due to the rise in demand and the driver shortage. Truck drivers make great money. It doesn't matter if you're a new truck driver, company truck driver or an owner operator, the industry is growing and plenty of money to be made.

There's a number of different resources out there for new and veteran truck drivers, such as Big Rig Ebooks or Truckers Logic. These websites have a ton of resources to help truck drivers succeed in the industry. If you're serious about becoming a truck driver, this is the opportunity to do so. Truck driving isn't for the faint of heart. This career requires a lot of driving and spending time away from home. If you're married, that is something you should consider. Before considering any job, you need to think about your family and yourself. Good luck on your journey and I wish you the best.


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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I have family and friends who have truckdrivers in the home. They live a life on the road but the rewards of travel are what they enjoy. It is hard on the family at times but it is a job that contributes to the home and people across the nation.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Up, useful and interesting! Great hub! With so many unemployed people, this should really help. Thank you for sharing!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      How ironic. As the Teamsters Union loses jobs and membership, trucking jobs rise. Whether you are a union driver or not is often a personal preference but being a union member offers a lot of protection. Being forced to drive too many hours is dangerous not only for the driver but for everyone else on the road.

      Glad to see jobs are getting better.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      A timely Hub! I am finding that in many states, truck drivers are in as high demand as physicians, nurses, and IT engineers.

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      samuel hodges 3 years ago from Winston-Salem NC

      I really liked your hub. The information and photos were excellent.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      i do see alot of truck driving schools booming with business.. and i think it is because of this.. great hub.. this should be posted to job boards too.. great hub my friend and as always.. good to see you :)