Have you ever seen those commercials on TV for tractor-trailer training schools? They always make professional truck driving look fun and fulfilling: keep on trucking through this great land of ours, and make a living doing it. Sounds pretty appealing, right? Well, it turns out that it just may be the career (or career change) for you and here are 3 reasons why.
1. It’s Booming
According to Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) research, the professional truck driving industry is on a serious upswing right now. The FTR tracks growth and aggregates positive (or negative) characteristics like pay, demand, and growth in an industry. For 2014 (and 2015 so far), trucking has grown greatly in all of those areas. Especially in demand, which means that new drivers would be entering the field at a great time.
2. It’s Profitable
As demand for professional drivers goes up, so does the rate of pay and number of jobs available for drivers. Most carriers are able to get rising rates for their drivers, building on a strong 2014. The FTR’s high rating of the trucking field shows that pay, benefits, and stability are likely to continue on that positive path for the time being.
3. It’s Getting Better All the Time
With customer-driven commerce growing all the time, the trucking industry needs to keep up with the demand for drivers and offer a good amount of benefits and stability to get those drivers on the road. That the trucking industry has experienced so much growth in the past two years makes it a good entry point for new drivers. The FTR expects this trend to continue, on pace with 2014’s numbers.
So what do you think? Are you ready to hop in the cab and hit the road?
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