Future Prospects For Truck Driving Jobs

Truck driving may not be an easy job but employment opportunities in this field remain to be bright. With more companies getting into the business of transporting goods particularly by land, the demand for commercial truck drivers also continue to increase. So whether food and dry goods are transported by plane, trains and ships, the trucks still play a very important role in delivering them to their final destination.

Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers held some 3.2 million jobs in the year 2008. They included drivers of heavy trucks and tractor-trailers (56 percent), light or delivery services truck drivers (31 percent) and drivers that serve as sales workers at the same time (13 percent). Majority of truck drivers are employed in the urban centers where companies involved in trucking as well as in retail and wholesale have their distribution outlets.

In the U.S., 27 percent of truck drivers and those that work as sales workers at the same time work in the truck transportation sector. Some 26 percent of them are employed by firms in the wholesale and retail business while the rest work in different industries. Some are in the manufacturing sector while the others are in the construction industry.

A major requirement for professional truck drivers today is a CDL or commercial driver’s license training. The course teaches regular drivers the right methods to handle a huge truck and maintain their good condition through the years. It combines classroom instruction and hands-on training to allow drivers to have a practical experience in maneuvering a truck and checking its main parts for problems. The CDL course should also be able to impart knowledge on how to fix common truck problems.

In terms of salary, truck drivers have the opportunity to earn well moving forward depending on their experience. They can be promoted to earn higher wages and have comfortable schedules. Drivers who may be eligible for promotion are normally those who have proven track records such as long years of safe driving and delivery of millions of dollars worth of freight. Those who drive light trucks, on the other hand, can advance to a higher level by being able to drive heavier or specialized trucks. Being moved from short-distance assignments to long-distance truck driving is also a signal of advancement.

Overall employment prospect for commercial truck drivers is foreseen to grow by nine percent moving towards 2018, according to government statistics. From 2008 to 2018, nearly 292,000 new are expected to be created. Prospect for heavy and tractor-trailer drivers is also seen to rise by 13 percent and four percent for light or delivery services truck drivers through 2018.

The bright future seen for truck drivers is mainly attributed to the increase in people’s spending as well as the rise in demand for goods in the U.S. With the advent of the internet, many people are now able to buy goods from places outside their locality which in turn requires shipping and delivery of products over long distances.