USA Today Reports On The Number of Truck Driving Jobs Still Unfilled

On the front page of USA Today, you'll find an article talking all about the need for truck drivers to help companies maintain on-time deliveries and keep America moving.

What they are talking about in the article isn't something new...

"It's getting harder to get drivers," says Mike Card, president of Combined Transport of Central Point, Ore., and incoming chairman of the American Trucking Associations. "I could hire 50 guys right now." He now employs 393 drivers.

"Many Baby Boomers are retiring and fewer young people are interested in long-haul-trucking careers that often require drivers to be away from home for weeks at a time," says Ben Cubitt, senior vice president of Transplace, which manages freight delivery for businesses.

3 Main Reasons for Unfilled Trucking Jobs

We've seen this trend for quite some time in the trucking industry.  There's a older generation of drivers that are on their way out and the new generation isn't able to fill the demand.  The article mentions a few key reasons on why this is the case:

  1. For many companies, there's a minimum age of 21 or even 22 for new truck drivers.  These means that high school graduates who may otherwise consider trucking are having to turn to other job options.
  2. There's more of an emphasis on safety than ever before.  The government is now publicizing safety records for trucking companies which is reducing the number of qualified applicants.  While this is a good change for the safety of drivers, it still leaves many trucks unmanned. 
  3. And finally, the cost of training.  The average cost of a truck driver training school is around $4,000-$6,000.  That's a good chunk of change for anyone, let alone an unemployed construction worker. 

So, while there's not much anyone can do about the first 2 reasons we're seeing this giant demand still exist, there is something that can help those who are qualified, but just don't have the cash to get going.

Understanding Company Sponsored CDL Training

Through company sponsored CDL training options, some of these open positions are able to be filled by qualified applicants without them having to come up with the $4,000 - $6,000. 

So how does this happen?

The trucking company covers the upfront tuition costs in exchange for a commitment from the driver to go to work for that company.  It's a win-win because it enables the driver to get the training and experience needed to get started while giving the trucking company a qualified driver to fill one of these open positions.

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* Source: USA Today (Story featured on front page & in Money section)