In more than half of states during 2014, truck driving jobs were the most common source of employment.
Those states are colored light blue in this map, part of a recent National Public Radio Planet Money report.
The jobs picture has changed profoundly since the 1970s. Truck driving jobs dominate the map for a few reasons.
- Driving a truck is immune to two of the biggest trends affecting U.S. jobs: globalization and automation. A worker in China can’t drive a truck in Ohio, and machines can’t drive cars (yet).
- Regional specialization has declined. So jobs that are needed everywhere – like truck drivers and schoolteachers – have moved up the list of most-common jobs.
- The prominence of truck drivers is partly due to the way the government categorizes jobs. It lumps together all truck drivers and delivery people, creating a very large category. Other jobs are split more finely; for example, primary school teachers and secondary school teachers are in separate categories.
In an economy where many job holders don’t know if they’ll still have their job tomorrow, drivers enrolled at Truck Driver Institute are often recruited (and hired!) for truck driving jobs before they’ve even completed the CDL classes! As long as there are goods to consume, there will be a need to deliver those goods and truck drivers ensure that delivery. Employers still want drivers to have qualified, hands-on training. Attending an industry-leading school like the Truck Driver Institute provides the quickest way to a secure trucking career.
Getting the right kind of CDL training is certainly an important first step towards a successful career as a professional truck driver. But the best training in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t get a great paying job afterwards. We offer free, ongoing placement services for all TDI graduates.
So, you may be asking yourself these questions about truck driving jobs:
- What are the Benefits of Becoming a CDL Driver?
- What Types of Truck Driving Jobs Are There For Professional Drivers?
- Could You Use A Helpful Working Glossary of Common Trucking Jobs?
- What About Driver Pay? Average pay is up 17% in less than two years, as freight haulers fight to meet hiring needs.
- Where Can I Work After I Complete My CDL Training?