As the economy improves, the demand for goods and merchandise rises, and as a result, more truck drivers are needed to transport the supply chains.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, heavy and tractor-trailer truck driving jobs are projected to increase 11 percent from 2012 to 2022.
The transport industry is traditionally a reliable gauge for the broader economic state. In 2013, the US Freight Transportation Forecast predicted that freight revenue in the United States will reach $1.3 trillion annually by 2024. On the same token, the United States Department of Transportation estimates that trucks will move about 37 percent of the country’s freight by 2020; an increase from 33 percent in 2001.
What It Means for You
These statistics are good news for those interested in the trucking industry. It means there will be jobs. There has never been a more optimal time for amateur drivers to enter the industry. Human resources departments in the trucking field are busy establishing fresh ways to attract new drivers.
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