Our nation depends on the trucking industry. In the next few years, many long-haul drivers will be retiring or simply leaving for new careers. While automated vehicles will help fill the gaps in some areas, it won’t solve the problem entirely. We desperately need drivers in the trucking industry; will you answer the call?

According to former Wisconsin Senator Neal Kedzie, the trucking industry will need 90,000 drivers in the next 10 years to make up for retirees, and another 55,000 to fill other gaps. There simply aren’t enough drivers.

An Image Problem

When asked to imagine a truck driver, many people either picture a gruff old man who has perpetually lived his life on the road or the Bandit (RIP Burt Reynolds!) These two stereotypes may be the reason that a lot of people don’t, or won’t, pursue a career in trucking. However, we all know that there’s no such thing as a “trucker,” simply because truck drivers come in all shapes, sizes, and genders.

The trucking industry also has an unfortunate reputation of being a hard job to hold down. Most would assume that the life of a truck driver is dictated by bosses that overwork and underpay their employees. These conditions are steadily improving, but the stigma remains.

How You Can Help

Whether you’re looking for a career for life, or simply find yourself in need of a change, truck driving could be the industry for you! Your first step will be to obtain your CDL Class A. A CDL Class A is like an all-access pass to more jobs than you could ever imagine. You don’t have to be grizzled or determined to spend your life outrunning the law. All you need is determination, drive, and a love of the open road.

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Contact Apex CDL today to find out how you can get started in truck driving!